FCC News Brief - July 27, 2018

Alex Harris reports for the Miami Herald - “Miami-Dade County property values are up — again — this year, but new research shows that growth could have been even larger if thousands of homes weren’t at risk of regular flooding from sea level rise. The study, from the nonprofit First Street Foundation, shows the county racked up $465 million in lost real-estate market value between 2005 and 2016. That data is now available on Flood iQ, a searchable website where property owners can find a data-driven estimate of how much their land (or their city) has already been affected by rising seas…” Read Your coastal property has already lost value to sea rise. This site can tell you how much.

 

Chad Gillis writes for the Fort Myers News-Press - “Hundreds of sea turtles have washed up on Southwest Florida beaches this year in a mass mortality event that researchers say will impact the recovery of protected species. Seventeen have been recovered in Sanibel and Captiva waters in the past week. ‘Our average for the entire year is usually around 30 or 35, but we’ve had 53 in June and July alone,’ said Kelly Sloan, a sea turtle researcher at the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation on Sanibel…” Read Hundreds of sea turtles washing up dead on SWFL beaches; red tide likely killer.

Jim Gross writes opinion for Ocala Star Banner - “ Great news for the people of Florida. On Monday, Judge Charles Dodson denied a motion by defendants for a rehearing in the Amendment One case. Judge Dodson’s written order reminded defendants that the court had earlier ruled for Florida Defenders of the Environment at the conclusion of argument in its favor, and that parties to the case had condeded during the hearing that the judge’s ruling was dispositive of the case. In other words, the judge stood his ground on the final judgement that the State of Florida was misusing funds that should have been used to purchase and manage conservation lands for the people of Florida…” Read A Conservation Win.


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Governmental Affairs and Political Director for Sierra Club Florida

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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 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

July 31, 6:00- 8:30 pm- 2401 N Harbor City Blvd, Melbourne, FL 32935. Facebook event here.

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

August 9, 5:30- 8:30 pm- 1000 Holt Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789. Facebook event here

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 1, 6:00 - 7:30 pm - Low-Impact Development Workshop. Join local experts in the discussion about how Low-Impact Development (LID) practices keep stormwater on site, can remove pollutants, prevent flooding, and benefit wildlife. Elected officials, residents, builders ,city planners, and concerned citizens are encouraged to attend. Lyonia Environmental Center - 2150 Eustace Avenue, Deltona, FL.  For more information visit www.greenvolusia.org or call 386-736-5927.

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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Another Gulf is Possible

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Florida Solar Bill of Rights

Protect Florida’s Gulf Coast from Offshore Drilling

Protect Weeki Wachee Springs; Stop the 7 Diamonds Mine in Pasco County

Tell Congress to Stop Sabal Trail

Stop New Phosphate Strip Mining in Florida

 

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