FCC News Brief - July 18, 2018

James Call reports for the Tallahassee Democrat - “A state plan to clean up Wakulla Springs might not go into effect Friday as scheduled. The Florida Homebuilders Association has requested the Department of Environmental Protection delay new rules to reduce the flow of nitrates into the world-famous spring south of Tallahassee...The plans were due July 1 and environmentalists and the FHBA say the late release provided little time to study the proposals. The challenge period expires Friday, but FHBA may have put more time on the clock…” Read Home builders group says Wakulla Springs plan needs more time.

Britain Eakin reports for Courthouse News Service - “Environmental groups sued the Trump administration late Monday for drastically expanding offshore oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico without giving full consideration to the environmental risks. Brought by the Gulf Restoration Network, the Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity, the federal complaint challenges an August 15 lease sale by the Interior Department…” Read Lawsuit seeks to block Gulf of Mexico oil lease sale.

Mike Kiniry and Julie Glenn write for WGCU - “Before we got involved, water collected in the Kissimmee River Basin north of Lake Okeechobee and flowed south into the lake. It then spilled over the lake’s south shore and flowed slowly south through the Everglades, eventually into Florida Bay. But that’s no longer how the system works, and ecosystems are suffering because of that, so we’re getting a big picture view of how we wound up where we are today, and what solutions might be found as we move forward…” Read The past, present and future of South Florida’s water systems.

Raychel Lean reports for the Daily Business Review - “The Fourth District Court of Appeals opened the door for third parties- and not just government agencies- to challenge permits for projects that could harm the environment. Its ruling grants a request by South Florida conservation company, Bluefield Ranch Mitigation Bank Trust, which questioned whether the Florida Department of Transportation had followed state law requiring infrastructure builders to offset, or mitigate, any harm to the environment before gaining a permit for their projects…” Read Carlton Fields’ victory could change the landscape for Florida infrastructure projects.

Susan Taylor Martin writes for the Tampa Bay Times - “ When Newland Communities began developing FishHawk Ranch in Hillsborough County two decades ago, naming streets wasn’t much of a problem. ‘Literally, we would get out our list of Florida native bird names every time a new section came online,’ said Pam Parisi, Newland’s vice president of marketing. Hence, Osprey Park Place and Eagle Ridge Drive. But now that the company has two more huge developments — Waterset in Hillsborough and Bexley In Pasco County — finding names for all those new thoroughfares can be a lot more challenging…” Read Want to live on Beeswax Lane? Tampa Bay developers strain to create new street names.

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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.

August 4, 11:00 am- 1:00 pm - St. Augustine March Against Fracking: This is a family-friendly event, sponsored by multiple environmental and political organizations in Northeast Florida. Guest speakers will include Jen Lomberk (Matanzas Riverkeeper), Dr. Gary Bowers (Physician), V Miller (Campaign Director at Rethink Energy FL), and more! Nancy Shaver (Mayor of St. Augustine) will also be making an appearance. Parking is available on Anastasia Island. We will be gathering at the park on the east side of the Bridge of Lions. Marching will begin promptly at 11:30AM. For more information email Nick at: nickfamu@icloud.com.

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