Florida Power & Light Co. and Progress Energy Florida won approval by the state on Monday to charge customers $294 million in costs for future nuclear facilities in 2013. Which means your monthly FPL bill will go up by at least $2.59. Hooorrray, Florida! On Tuesday, Florida's Public Service Co ... More >>
Gov. Rick Scott spent $73 million of his own money in the 2010 governor's race. When asked in April if he'd be cutting more checks for reelection in 2014, he responded, simply, "I won't have to... I don't know what it will cost, but we'll have the money to win."And if the donations to his "Let's Get ... More >>
You've got the chance to save a boatload of money on your electric bill, and the electric company wants to help you do it.Florida Power & Light announced earlier this week that it would be offering more than $3 million in rebates to customers who install solar equipment in their homes or busines ... More >>
Welcome to our new blog series "Holy Crap, That's Big," where we write about humongous things going up in South Florida and the people behind them. Today's item: a proposed fossil-fuel power plant in the middle of the Everglades.It's a quiet, open hunting preserve right now, but if power demand c ... More >>
Coming to a cattle ranch near you.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has extended the public comment period for a proposal to turn 150,000 acres of savanna ranch land north of Lake Okeechobee into the "Headwaters of the Everglades National Wildlife Refuge." The acquisition would cost $700 million ... More >>
Good one, Mr. Moneybags.Out of the five Fortune 500 companies based in South Florida, two of them managed to bank on a negative tax rate over the past three years, earning them a spot on a list of the country's "corporate tax dodgers."Citizens for Tax Justice issued the report evaluating 280 comp ... More >>
NextEra Energy -- which owns Florida Power & Light Co. -- ain't too happy about being placed on a list of "corporate tax dodgers," which we wrote about earlier today.A group that calls itself Citizens for Tax Justice issued the report evaluating 280 companies nationwide, and named 78 of t ... More >>
A fine Monday-morning quote comes from Carl Hiaasen: "I once referred to a past Legislature as a festival of whores, which in retrospect was a vile insult to the world's oldest profession. Today's lackluster assemblage in Tallahassee is possibly the worst in modern times, and cannot fairly be ... More >>
FPL's Riviera plant: Looks great from a distanceEnvironmental activists and some Riviera Beach residents are fed up with living with "one of the dirtiest power plants in the entire state of Florida," according to a news release from the Palm Beach County Environmental Coalition. The Coalition, a ... More >>
The catastrophe in Haiti dominates the headlines in South Florida and around the world:The Port Au Prince airport is now taking chartered flights and aid has arrived -- just nearly enough to meet the dire need for water and fuel. [New York Times]Lynn University in Boca Raton learned late last nig ... More >>
Was Febonio's frozen body moved in and out of a Parkland grow house while DEA agents watched?When the DEA raided a Parkland grow house at 7773 NW 124th Terrace on September 12, 2007 -- was Stephen Febonio's body crammed into a freezer in that very garage? Or had the freezer been moved out just da ... More >>
Baby, it's cold outside.Iguanas falling from the sky.Pythons slithering from the swamps and into suburban yards in search of warmth. It would make a great horror movie if it weren't true life. It's been so frigid in South Florida this week that 250 sea turtles in cold shock have already been pick ... More >>
FlickrFamed South Florida attorney, Willie Gary, always in the spotlightFamed South Florida attorney and tabloid dream Willie Gary is making headlines, again -- but not for his own flamboyant behavior. The Rolls Royce riding, property tax evading, proud sex tape producer's son Kobie was busted in ... More >>
The headlines in Broward and Palm Beach:Investigators are circling Bruce Chait of Prestige Homes -- and not just for the developer's hiring of Broward School Board member Stephanie Kraft's husband. Tamarac Mayor Joe Schreiber has alleged that Chait offered a $200,000 bribe in exchange for Mae Sch ... More >>
Your Tuesday morning in Broward and Palm Beach:The Wildcat is alive! Chad Henne can throw! Ronnie and Ricky can run! The Fins beat the Jets in dramatic fashion. [NFL.com]The state's investigation of improper communication between the Public Service Commission the utility it regulates, Florida Pow ... More >>
The news from around South Florida:Following a winning, Fredi Gonzalez will stay as the Marlins manager, even though the team failed to make the playoffs. Other parts of the coaching staff will be reshuffled, though. [Miami Herald]Hospital officials are wrestling with the question of exactly why ... More >>
I'm not necessarily saying the two things are related. But with Florida Power & Light, you never know. The utility has ingratiated itself with its state regulators at the Public Service Commission, prompting a corruption investigation at a time when it is also asking for a rate hike and permi ... More >>
Your Monday in South Florida news:Turnovers killed the Dolphins on opening day. For a team with one of the league's toughest schedules, this game against the Falcons was the closest thing to a gimme. It's going to be a long year. [NFL.com]The Broward County School District is a finalist in a $1 m ... More >>
Thanks for that, Smithers. Now that we're in the midst of the public hearings on whether to build two new nuclear power plants on Turkey Point, Florida Power & Light is asking you to think of nuclear power as an adorable, avuncular, and perfectly harmless cartoon character.Keep Smilin' Joe Fiss ... More >>
Flickr: oddball7The editorial sections of major Florida newspapers are furious about Crist's pick of George LeMieux for U.S. Senate. But in their rage -- or maybe it's modesty -- they forgot to mention how complicit their papers are in LeMieux's selection.After all, Crist's office was playing by ... More >>
Courtrooms can be such staid places -- so we love it when people treat judicial proceedings as interactive theater events. This January, an environmental activist named Stevie Lowe went to the site of the Barley Barber Swamp, an ancient cypress forest, and locked herself to a tree. The reason? Flori ... More >>
State inspectors use the newest techology to curb corruption.The state wants all six Palm Beach County commissioners to testify under oath about corruption in hopes that they might teach authorities how to catch corrupt politicians. The move comes after Mary McCarty resigned under corruption charges ... More >>
Pastor Spann will save Liberty City's soul one addict at a time — if he can stay out of jail.
If only we could fit all the bums in...
Oh, what a thrill it is to see an envelope with the FPL logo sticking out of one's holiday stocking! Because it's no fun being robbed in one fell swoop, Bernie Madoff-style. I prefer a nice, slow bleed -- or at least some Chinese water torture. Well, let's start with the good news: Florida Power and ... More >>
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Manatee Viewing Area
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For 24 years toxic soot from the Wingate dump rained down on Leola McCoy and her neighbors. She calls it environmental racism.
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