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Environmental Action


  • Manatee Court Fight to Protect the Bay Lawsuit Filed to ‘Quash’
    Approval of Aqua by the Bay

    Nov. 6, 2017 - The plaintiffs include former county commissioner Joe McClash, the local environmental organization Suncoast Waterkeeper, ecotourism operators Kathe Fannon and Katie Scarlett Turin, Longboat Key resident Larry Grossman and three residents of Legends Bay

    Click now read the Herald Tribune article.

  • FPL: Solar Use Illegal During Outages Florida Power & Light Lobbyists Made
    It Illegal to Use Solar During Outages

    Sept. 18, 2017 - One thing has changed since 2005: solar. Many of the FPL customers who are living through dangerous heat without power now have solar panels on their roofs that could keep them going while FPL repairs its infrastructure. Except doing so is illegal, thanks to FPL's lobbyists, who literally ghost-wrote much of Florida's dreadful solar rules.

    Click now to shed some sunlight.

  • Can Tampa Bay Survive? Tampa Bay Area Rated Nation's
    Most Vulnerable to Hurricane Storm Surge

    July 28, 2017 - With $175 billion in potential losses, Tampa Bay is the most vulnerable metro area in the nation to storm surge floods caused by a once-in-a-century hurricane.

    That's the conclusion from a recent study by Karen Clark & Co. (KCC), a Boston-based firm that specializes in modeling the likely property damage and losses from windstorms, earthquakes and other catastrophes for the insurance industry.

    Click now for the story
    and some startling video.

  • Tesla Powerpack Comes to Florida Storage Project to Demo
    250-kW/1-MWh Tesla Powerpack

    July 18, 2017 - Atlanta-based utility Southern Company and its Gulf Power subsidiary last week said it has launched an energy storage research project in Pensacola, Fla., at the Douglas L. McCrary Training and Storm Center.

    The project will test and evaluate a 250-kW/1-MW Tesla Powerpack lithium-ion industrial energy storage system over a two-year period. The utility said that the project will demonstrate the requirements of an energy storage system for industrial and commercial customers.

  • 1,000 Friends of Florida Webinars Upcoming Dr. John M. DeGrove Webinars

    June 21, 2017Former Senator Bob Graham will be joining the webinar as a presenter

    In 2014 an overwhelming 75% of Florida voters supported the passage of Amendment 1 which allocated a third of the tax on real estate documents to be used for purchasing and restoring conservation lands through programs like Florida Forever. Despite this clarion call from concerned citizens, Florida’s legislators have consistently refused to fund this program in the intended manner, instead siphoning off funds to pay for existing environmental programs previously paid for out of general revenue, and falling far short of the intended allocation for the purchase of conservation lands.

  • Florida Environmental IssuesFlorida Environmental Issues

    Click now for a free PDF download addressing three of the key environmental issues that South Florida is challenged with today.

  • Radioactive Waste Water ContaminationThnk Radioactive Waste Threatening
    Drinking Water is a Bad Idea?

    Mar. 1, 2017 -The drinking water we depend on should be protected from Nuclear contamination. If Florida Power and Light (FPL) has its way, they will be storing radioactive carcinogens below Florida’s Biscayne Aquifer. The Biscayne Aquifer is the primary source of drinking water for millions of people in South Florida. We must stop this dangerous project before it begins.

    Click for a petition to Fl. legislators.

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Watching Out for the Environment
Or Are We? 


  • Fight Phosphate RezoningGlenn Compton: Fight Phosphate Rezoning

    Jan. 3, 2017 -The costs of the phosphate industry are steep - pollution, destruction of wetlands and other natural resources, and contamination of surface waters - and are borne by the communities that have the misfortune to neighbor them.

    Despite this inherent inequity, Mosaic Fertilizer LLC is now requesting that Manatee County rezone 3,500 acres to expand a phosphate strip mine in eastern Manatee County, known as the Wingate East Mine.

  • Solar Amendment: Voters Not FooledFlorida Voters Reject Solar Amendment 1

    Nov. 9, 2016 - Amendment 1, known as "Rights of Electricity Consumers Regarding Solar Energy Choice" or the solar amendment required a 60 percent 'yes' vote to pass and did not receive that. Fifty-one % voted 'yes' and 49% voted 'no,' according to the Associated Press.

  • What's It All About - Algae?More Chemicals Allowed in
    Fl. Waterways, Toxic Algae Blooms
    Continue to Spread Across State

    July 28, 2016 - The Environmental Regulation Commission just voted 3-2 to approve a proposal by state regulators that would set new standards on 39 chemicals not currently regulated by the Sunshine State and revise regulations on 43 toxins, most of which are carcinogenic. State regulators claim the new plan will protect more Floridians than current standards, the Miami Herald reported.

  • The Sunshine State?- Not QuiteSolar Power Lags in Florida

    July 5, 2016 - Only one tenth of one percent of all Florida utility customers owned a renewable generating system in 2015, according to new data released by the Florida Public Service Commission.

  • Gulf Dead ZoneWhat You May Not Want to
    Know About the Gulf Dead Zone

    June 13, 2016 -The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its annual forecast for the size of the Gulf of Mexico "dead zone"—an area of coastal water where low oxygen is lethal to marine life. The dead zone averages about 6,000 sq. miles or the size of the state of Connecticut.

  • Florida Slime TrackerTrack That Slime Crime

    Florida's waterways are plagued by slime caused by fertilizer, sewage and animal manure. Click now for an interactive map allowing you to view photographs of the muck, in the areas shown on the map.

  • Watershed ExcursionTake the Excursion

    View a slideshow of the Springs Coast waterways, brought to you by Southwest Florida Water Management District

Important Florida Links
Florida Conservation Coalition 1,000 Friends of Florida Floridians for Clean Water
Sierra Club of Manatee and Sarasota Green Business Partnership U.S. Green Building Council
Green Meeting Places South Florida Wildlands (SFWA) Sustainable Drinking in Sarasota
The 2030 Challenge? Floridians for Solar Choice Innovative Renewable Solutions
This Spaceship Earth Florida Green Building Coalition Sarasota Bay Estuary Program
Our Phosphate Risk Suncoast Waterkeeper