FCC News Brief - July 13, 2018

Jim Rosica reports for Florida Politics - “Saying he violated their constitutional rights ‘in multiple ways, and over repeated objections,’ House Speaker Richard Corcoran and Senate President Joe Negron asked a Tallahassee judge to remove himself from future proceedings in an environmental funding case...A notice of appeal has not yet been filed, according to court dockets. But attorneys sometimes move for disqualification to avoid having the same judge if a suit on appeal gets kicked back down to the lower-court judge for further action. Read Lawmakers want judge tossed off environmental funding suit.

David Smiley and Mary Ellen Klas write for the Miami Herald - “In Florida’s midterm elections, draining the swamp has suddenly taken on a new and uncomfortable meaning...Fed by heavy May rains, government inaction and a toxic combination of runoff from ranches, septic tanks and sugar farms, the green sludge — with a consistency often compared to guacamole — is becoming powerful ammunition in Florida’s political food fight. It is threatening to kill fish, foul beaches and spoil tourist-driven economies for yet another summer, offering both parties a prop with which to bash their opponents for inaction and claim credit for recent efforts toward a solution….” Read Florida’s politicians use slimy algae to muddy each other.

Tyler Treadway and Ali Schmitz report for the Fort Myers News Press - “A plan to build a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to reduce toxic discharges was approved Wednesday afternoon by the Army Corps of Engineers and hand-delivered to Congress. The plan now can be included in the federal Water Resources and Development Act, the list of water projects throughout the country to be done by the Corps. Here’s what happens next…” Read Army Corps approves reservoir to cut Lake Okeechobee discharges; what happens next?

Martin E. Comas writes for the Orlando Sentinel - “Melissa Debach and scores of other east Seminole residents breathed a sigh of relief late Wednesday after a county advisory board unanimously rejected a developer’s plan to build hundreds of homes, townhomes and apartments on pristine pastureland just east of the Econlockhatchee River. But their relief was short lived… Plans for the controversial River Cross development-being proposed by former state legislator Chris Dorworth- call for 600 single family homes, 270 townhouses, 500 apartments, and 1.5 million square feet for shops, eateries and offices on 291 environmentally-sensitive acres west of County Road 419 and north of the Orange County line…” Read East Seminole residents express relief after board rejects rural development but ready for future battles

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July 14, 10:30 am - Live in Miami-Dade County and want to go solar? Now's your chance! Neighbors across the area have formed the Miami Summer Solar Co-op with the help of Solar United Neighbors to make it easier to save money on the purchase of solar panels, while building a community of local solar supporters. RSVP for free information session here

July 15, 8:00 am - Attend a Beach Ecology Walk hosted by Gulf Restoration Network at Pensacola Beach Walkover 27B at 1865 Via De Luna Dr. You'll learn where beach sand comes from, where it’s going, and what shapes our beaches and dunes. Along the way we’ll explore tracks in the sand and catch a few critters as we investigate life in and on the sand and shallow waters. The walk is one hour long at a slow and meandering pace, and is suitable for children. To learn more visit the event page here, or email christian@healthygulf.org

July 19, 6:00 pm - Live in Pinellas County, south of State Road 60 and want to go solar? Now's your chance! Neighbors across the area have formed the St. Pete Summer Solar Co-op with the help of Solar United Neighbors of Florida to make it easier to save money on the purchase of solar panels, while building a community of local solar supporters. RSVP for free information session here.

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