FCC News Brief - July 26, 2018


The News Service of Florida - “Judge Charles Dodson on Monday issued a three-page order turning down the rehearing request. Dodson last month ruled that lawmakers had failed to properly comply with the voter-approved constitutional amendment, which required using money from a real-estate tax to bolster land and water conservation….” Read Rehearing rejected in conservation funding case.

From the Santa Rosa Press Gazette - “Twenty federally threatened eastern indigo snakes have just been released in northern Florida at The Nature Conservancy’s Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve as part of a collaborative endeavor to return the native, nonvenomous apex predator to the region. The release of the snakes marks the second year in a row of the reintroduction effort, and furthers the long-term joint plan of multiple nonprofit, agency, and academia partners to restore this important species to the region…” Read Multiple partners collaborate to return endangered snake to Northwest Florida.

Brendon Leslie and Rachel Ravina for Wink News - “It’s been a rough year for Moore Haven sugarcane farmer Amy Perry. Clean water activists continue to blame her industry for creating toxic algae. ‘We want to keep the water as clean as possible,’ Perry said. Activists said they’re pumping fertilizers into the waterways and influencing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to release water from Lake Okeechobee east and west instead of south…’Politicians need to definitely work with the farmers because without them we’re all in trouble,’ Cain said. Perry said she welcomes anyone to visit her farm as she wants to show everyone how they operate…” Read Some critics place algae blame on sugar farming industry.

Staff report from NWF Daily News - “Award-winning journalist, professor, TEDx speaker and best-selling author Cynthia Barnett will visit South Walton High School to host a lecture on the history of Florida’s water, freshwater springs and changing water-related policies...The event is presented by Safe Water for Walton, a nonprofit group...A pending state permit application for deep water injections northeast of Walton County initiated the group’s efforts, and they hope to continue their work with the future project ‘Operation Medicine Cabinet,’ which is scheduled for a later date and aims to create a cleaner environment by keeping medicine out of the public water supply.” Read Barnett set to host lecture at South Walton.

Amanda Hall reports for Wink News - “Sanibel leaders have been shuffling through the halls of Congress all day to make sure Southwest Florida waters - thousands of miles away - are a major focus of our federal lawmakers. Sanibel mayor Kevin Ruane has held face-to-face meetings, and he brought reinforcements from home: photos of the thick green algae choking the waterways. Congressional leaders are all pleased with the work to speed up repairs on the Herbert Hoover Dike, and plans for a reservoir for storage…” Read Elected officials talk algae in nation’s capitol.

Adam Friedman writes for the News-Press- “Mac Stone hangs 50 feet over knee-high swamp water with almost no leverage. He’s setting up a camera piece by piece but knows if he makes any mistake, the whole thing could tumble down into the dark water below. All of this work is to capture one never-before-seen photo of the giant sphinx moth pollinating the ghost orchid at Audubon’s Corskcrew Swamp Sanctuary in north Collier County…”Read Trying to capture a never-before-seen photo of ghost orchid pollination.

Tyler Treadway reports for Treasure Coast Newspapers - “Florida Sportsman magazine has closed its Stuart office because a nearby blue-green algae bloom appeared to be making staffers sick...Wickstrom closed the office Tuesday. Staffers began complaining last week about respiratory problems, itchy eyes and runny noses, he said…”Read Florida Sportsman temporarily closes Stuart office; algae bloom making staff sick.

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Upcoming Environmental Events    

Tidal Town Hall: Attend a Tidal Town Hall near you. These events represent a partnership between ReThink Energy Florida and First Street Foundation in an effort to provide voters with the opportunity to have an open conversation with Primary Candidates on the topic of sea level rise. Attending candidates are from both sides of the aisle and this is your chance to ask them how they plan on protecting the Sunshine State from climate change driven sea level rise:

July 26, 5:00-7:30 pm - Coastal Branch Library. 437 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL. Facebook event here.

July 26, 5:30-8:00 pm- 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082. Facebook event here

July 30, 5:30-8:30 pm - Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association, 619 Vonderburg, DR #B, Brandon, FL. Facebook event here

July 31, 5:30-8:30 pm - 635 Prosperity Farm Road, North Palm Beach, FL. Facebook event here

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August 1, 5:30 - 8:30 pm - 1951 NW 7th Ave Suite 600, Miami, FL 33136. Facebook event here.

August 65:30-8:30 pm - 330 5th St. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Facebook event here.

August 6, 5:30 - 8:00 pm - 12000 Alumni Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32224. Facebook event here.

August 7, 5:30- 8:30 pm - En Espanol - 1951 NW 7th Ave Suite 600, Miami, FL 33136. Facebook event here

August 85:30-8:30 pm- 3975 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota FL 34232. Facebook event here

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August 14, 5:00-7:00 pm  - 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples, FL 34116. Facebook event here.

August 14, 5:00 - 7:45 pm - 239 N Spring Street, Pensacola, FL. Facebook event here

August 15, 5:00 - 7:00 pm - 2000 North Recreation Park Way, North Fort Myers, FL. Facebook event 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.

August 7th, 12:00 pm - Springs Academy: Class 5 Springs Stresses. This Springs Academy class will be taught by Dr. Bob Knight, Executive Director of the Florida Springs Institute. Dr. Knight will be presenting an in-depth overview of Springs Stresses including groundwater pumping, fertilizers, wastewater disposal, and recreation. Held at the North Florida Environmental Center in High Springs, Florida. For more information email info@floridaspringsinstitute.org or visit the website

August 9, 6:00 - 8:45 pm - Big Bend Environmental Forum for Candidates of Primary Election- Citizens will be able to suggest questions covering environmental, energy, sustainability, and growth management issues to candidates of the county and city commissions for the Big Bend area. An open house prior to the forum will include displays by candidates and BBEF member organizations. King Life Sciences Building Auditorium, Room 1024, 319 Stadium Dr, Tallahassee FL. Facebook event here

August 13-16 - Registration is now open for Florida Springs Institute Field School. The Springs Field School will take place in Silver Springs, Florida, and includes four days of lectures and field trips on springs biology, geology, chemistry, environmental laws and advocacy from leading experts. For info and registration, click

August 17, 4:30 pm- 6:30 pm (CST) - Apalachicola Riverkeeper Meet & Greet: Learn more about Apalachicola Riverkeeper’s current and upcoming projects, including this year’s RiverTrek launch. Enjoy Wine & Beer, Tea & Soda along with light snacks. There will be door prizes! Event will be at the W.T. Neal Civic Center in Blountstown.

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