Rick Scott is going to have company at his seaside mansion this weekend but the visitors are not likely to be welcome. A coalition of Florida citizens dismayed at the governor's environmental record are planning to march on his $9.2 million residence at 3150 Gordon Drive in Naples to raise a ruckus ... More >>
Right now, California is knee-deep in the third driest year in its history (since we've been recording, anyway). To combat the issue, in July, the state enacted drastic actions to reduce water consumption, including $500 fines for watering gardens, washing cars, or hosing down sidewalks. It's prett ... More >>
So far, 39 nurseries have been approved to grow low-THC marijuana under the Charlotte's Web bill recently passed by the Florida Legislature. It hasn't been easy to get on the list, which requires -- among other things -- that a nursery has operated continuously for at least 30 years.
A fish caught in Palm City over the weekend has been the focus of concerned environmentalists and scientists in recent days. Mainly because the fish has a giant pinkish tumor jutting out the side of its head. Needless to say, a fish being caught in local waters with what basically amounts to a sec ... More >>
Yesterday afternoon, Rep. Patrick Murphy gave us a shout to talk about the briefing he's holding in Washington, D.C., today for members of Congress regarding the nasty pollution that's flowing from Lake Okeechobee through two rivers and killing everything all the way to the east and west coasts of F ... More >>
The Everglades restoration bill is being threatened to be Hiroshima'd by the government shutdown, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Florida politics as a whole has traditionally screwed the state's environmental priorities to begin with, but now the the Water Resources Development Act ... More >>
Tomorrow, Rep. Patrick Murphy a 30-year-old Democrat from Jupiter; and Congressman Trey Radel, a Republican from Fort Myers, are scheduled to hold a public briefing to members of Congress regarding the massive pollution that's flowing from Lake Okeechobee through the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee riv ... More >>
Florida is currently experiencing an environmental hell. Our rivers and estuaries -- basically, the coast's nurseries for baby sea life -- are being devastated. Blob-like, the deterioration of South Florida's waterways creeps forth inexorably from the chemical dump formerly known as Lake Okeechobe ... More >>
Regular Florida folk like yourself have been a big help in keeping the Florida Panther safe and its population intact, even if most of you apparently can't tell a panther from a monkey. But, hey. It's working, so... Last year, the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission launched a website ... More >>
The epic task of restoring and preserving the Everglades faces a major new step in the coming weeks, as a draft report on implementation of the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) comes under review by the general public and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Finalizing the plan in timely fas ... More >>
With the summer less than a month away, the Lake Okeechobee Resort and Marina will be host to a festival commemorating and celebrating the solstice. But Pahokee residents, church members and pastors are outraged and beside themselves with angry grrr man those people! feelings because how dare they!? ... More >>
In case you forgot, it rained a crapload of buckets yesterday. Some places -- like Delray Beach -- reported as much as 11 inches of rain. And while the day is amazeballs gorgeous this early Friday afternoon, it's probably going to get nasty again very soon. Because, Florida!
Florida Agriculture Literacy Day was this week and, if you're like us, everything we read about makes us think of beer. So what better time to learn a little bit about it? After all, it's made of things you grow in nature, and possibly your backyard. Bill Manley, of Sierra Nevada brewing, lays it o ... More >>
Last year was a record year for Florida Panther deaths (26), which is a bummer. But the good news is that they've been getting it on with hot Texas pumas and making baby panthers. Then, on March 6, Gov. Rick Scott declared that the state would have a "Save the Florida Panther Day." Saturday is th ... More >>
An 84-year old woman, whose name has not yet been released, was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center after she was found bleeding in a canal from an apparent alligator attack, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office. The alligator apparently ripped her arm off in the attack. A man f ... More >>
Our brethren in Miami showed how you can kayak to Marlins Park or take the Metrorail to nowhere. But what if you just want a nice leisurely, relaxed, death-defying 17-mile bike ride from Fort Lauderdale to the Everglades and back? YOU'RE IN LUCK! We'll show you how! On the way, you'll see shitty inf ... More >>
Riverside Market's uncertain fate has had a lot to do with the parking lot next door; this spring, cafe owner Julian Siegel wanted to buy the empty lot from the city to expand the parking at his beer- and dog-friendly spot. But before he noticed, the plot was swept up by Jesse Gaddis -- one of the w ... 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 >>
The Everglades is too far gone for anyone to let it take its natural course. South Florida's entire inland economy depends on a water system that stays around the same level all year long, avoids flooding communities (cough, Weston, cough) that are stupidly built in the natural flow of water from ... More >>
Belle Glade is a small outpost nestled among the cane fields near the southeastern shore of Lake Okeechobee. "Muck City," as it's also called, houses a large number of the low-wage workers who tend the fields and produce America's largest supply of sugar cane.Courtesy Smithsonian American Art Museum ... More >>
Photo © London Permaculture/Flickr Yep, you heard that right. Waste Management Inc., the largest trash collector and processor in the United States, is opening up an organic recycling facility just south of Lake Okeechobee. The facility is designed to process food, yard waste, and clean wood int ... More >>
For more than a year, concerned families have been looking for answers about a disturbing trend of pediatric tumors and cancers around the Acreage, an unincorporated area between West Palm and Lake Okeechobee.Early this year, the Palm Beach County Health Department confirmed that a "cancer cluste ... More >>
The 99-year-old Erickson Farms in Canal Point opens its gates to the public on Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., for its annual Farm Tour. The free tour features rides among the mango groves -- 40 acres of them -- and around the other tropical trees growing on the other 20 acres.Kim Erickson, one of the ... More >>
South Florida employers might notice fewer sick days among their minions now that the World Cup is finally over. The Spain-over-Holland victory may be good news for the Boss Man, but not for those folks who finally understand what all the fuss is over "soccer." In other news: A Coral S ... More >>
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