Florida wetlands

A Judge says the shift from EPA to Florida in permitting wetlands impacts violates the Endangered Species Act

A judge ruled that federal officials did not follow required steps when shifting permitting authority to Florida for projects impacting wetlands
Florida springs

Florida Right to Clean Water amendment will have to wait until 2026; plus environmentalists oppose the Bellmar development in Florida panther habitat

Organizers plan to get the Right to Clean Water amendment on Florida's 2026 ballot instead. Plus: opposition to Bellmar development.

Okefenokee Swamp nominated for UNESCO World Heritage site designation

On Friday, U.S. agencies announced that they will nominate Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Florida wetlands

How will Supreme Court’s Sackett v EPA decision impact Florida wetlands and development?

The recent Sackett v EPA decision by the U.S. Supreme Court could have a major impact on wetlands across the country and in Florida.

Environmentalists again hope to save 74-acres of land on Anclote River nearly 15 years after pushing back Walmart

The same group that fought Walmart from developing land along the Anclote River in Tarpon Springs has taken up the cause again. More than 10 years after beating back the big-box giant, environmental advocates are...

Carrollwood residents want to protect cypress wetlands from development

A group of Hillsborough County residents is trying to save cypress wetlands near Dale Mabry Highway from rezoning that could lead to development. They’ve started a change.org petition and a Facebook group, Save Carrollwood’s Wetland....
Clean Water Rule

Wetlands scientists support states’ lawsuit to save Clean Water Rule

Several states are suing the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for putting on hold an Obama-era rule to protect wetlands and waterways. And this month an organization of wetlands...
Hilsborough County Commission meeting about rezoning at a shooting range

No decision yet on noisy shooting range’s request for rezoning

Residents of rural northwest Hillsborough County will have to wait a month to find out if they will get relief from what they say is the constant barrage of gunfire from a major shooting range...
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UPDATED: Will Rick Scott sign “toilet to tap” legislation?

UPDATE, Friday 6 April 2018: Governor Rick Scott has vetoed this bill. In the veto statement, Scott said “I’m not convinced that this legislation will not muddle Florida’s protection of our aquifers.” A Florida bill recently...

Residents struggle for quiet with shooting range near environmentally important land

In northwest Hillsborough County there’s a 400-acre chunk of land that environmentalists hope to save as a way to keep recharging the drinking water aquifer; Monday night in the Hillsborough County Center there’s a land...

Vote delayed on massive Manatee County bay-front development

Manatee County Commissioners have again delayed a vote on a massive coastal development called Aqua by the Bay; the latest special land use meeting began at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday and lasted into the early evening,...
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USF students rally for refugee rights after Trump’s ban

There have been protests at airports and other locations across the country since President Donald Trump signed a partial ban on immigration from some Muslim-majority countries on Friday. Hundreds of people marched along Seventh Avenue in...

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