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Wave Maker’s News: Florida Environmental Catastrophe, Welcome Governor Scott

This article is excerpted from Wave Maker’s News, our quarterly update on all things water in the Gulf of Mexico, check out the full newsletter here. We’re in for a tough road for the next few years in Florida if Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature don’t realize that our environment is our economy. Governor …

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Wave Maker’s News: Florida’s Nature Coast or Mining Coast?

This article is excerpted from Wave Maker’s News, our quarterly update on all things water in the Gulf of Mexico, check out the full newsletter here. Enjoying a swim at Manatee Springs State Park, not far from the proposed mine site. Photo courtesy of Paul Clark.There is true magic on the planet where the land …

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Wave Maker’s News: Fall on Florida’s Nature Coast

This article is excerpted from Wave Maker’s News, our quarterly update on all things water in the Gulf of Mexico, check out the full newsletter here. Withlacoochee RiverPhoto Courtesy of Kolin Toney. In November, the Gulf Restoration Network along with Withlacoochee Area Residents, local chapters of the Florida Native Plant Society, and Southwings organized and …

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Wave Maker’s News: Fight Against Mine in FL’s Nature Coast Heats Up

This article is excerpted from Wave Maker’s News, our quarterly update on all things water in the Gulf of Mexico, check out the full newsletter here. Photo courtesy of Eric ZamoraThe Nature Coast of Florida is one of the last frontiers of the beautiful, untamed Florida that previous generations once knew and loved. Its legacy …

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Florida’s Special Session

8 Things I Know About Florida’s Special Session on the Referendum to Ban Offshore Oil Drilling in State Waters1) The wrong media is hurting the cause. Instead of ‘political jockeying’ news reports on partisan bickering and Florida Senate horserace implications, let’s focus on how the ballot amendment to ban drilling in state waters is itself …

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How Much Oil is Getting Removed from Florida’s Beaches?

Last week the dark shadow of BP’s oil spill disaster finally landed on eight miles of Pensacola’s sugar sand beaches. Despite Escambia County’s collection of nearly 45,000 pounds of tarballs and oil related crud, there was yet more oil discovered beneath the sands of the beaches.This subsurface discovery presents just some of the challenges of …

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Can Florida Save its Sea Turtles?

The precarious journeys of sea turtle hatchlings in Florida just became more challenging.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is working with NOAA and sea turtle experts to launch an audacious, but necessary plan: excavate endangered sea turtle nests from panhandle beaches and move them to the east coast to hatch.This noble gambit is necessary …

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