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5:58 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Murphy Wants Gov. Scott To Stop 'Finger-Pointing,' Put Focus Back On Fla. Waterways

Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-FL) and Governor Rick Scott

Following U.S. House passage of a bill which would direct money to water conservation in Florida, a Congressman who pushed the legislation is calling on Governor Rick Scott to stop the political gamesmanship with regards to the state’s local waterways.

In recent weeks, there’ve been several calls for President Barack Obama to take a tour of Florida’s damaged waterways, and Scott has been particularly critical.

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Environment
3:36 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Wakulla Planning And Zoning Recommends Removal Of Wetland Protections From Comprehensive Plan

A vote on Planning Commission's recommendations will take place Nov. 4th
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In a near-unanimous vote, the Wakulla County Planning and Zoning Commission has recommended stripping wetland protections from the county’s comprehensive plan. Monday night’s meeting was only the latest in battles for control of the community’s wetlands.

Close to thirty citizens commented at Monday night’s meeting and after the decision to remove wetland protections from the county’s comprehensive plan, reaction from opponents was swift.

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Environment
10:05 am
Tue October 8, 2013

FSU Oceanographer Who Raised Concern With Oil Spill Estimates Says He's 'Disappointed' With Response

Dr. Ian MacDonald with a graduate student at the FSU Oceanography labs
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Florida State University oceanography professor Ian MacDonald has spent decades studying the Gulf of Mexico. Most of his work has centered specifically on oil in the Gulf—both natural seeps and industry leaks.

When the Deepwater Horizon Oil platform exploded three years ago, killing 11 people and sinking the rig, the BP oil company and the federal government were slow to determine how much oil was flowing into the Gulf of Mexico.

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Environment
7:04 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

As Congress Budget Gridlock Continues, Parties Unite To Help Fla. Waterways

Florida Congressmen Trey Radel and Patrick Murphy listen to State Senator Joe Negron (R-Stuart) at a hearing they convened on addressing the discharges from Lake Okeechobee to local waterways.

As the budget battle continues in Washington D.C., Democrats and Republicans are still at an impasse regarding the federal budget. But, a bipartisan group of Florida leaders came together Thursday on Capitol Hill to discuss an issue lawmakers from both parties can agree on: how to address the damage done to several Florida waterways due to water releases from Lake Okeechobee.

It’s no secret there’s been turmoil lately in Congress—and lawmakers know it’s weighing on the public.

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Environment
8:36 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Congressman Renews Call For President Obama To Visit Florida's Damaged Waterways

Florida Congressmen Trey Radel (left) and Patrick Murphy (right) led a panel briefing Thursday to discuss how to address the harm discharges from Lake Okeechobee is doing to local waterways.
Florida Congressman Trey Radel's office

Two Florida congressmen urged their colleagues to save the state’s waterways during a Thursday panel on Capitol Hill.  Republican Trey Radel and Democrat Patrick Murphy discussed how to address the damaging discharges from Lake Okeechobee to Florida waterways. Radel says he, like Governor Rick Scott, would like to see President Barack Obama visit the state to survey the problem.

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