4:22 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Part 2: Renewed Push For Oil Sparks Concern In Southwest Florida; Some Say Issue Is Overblown

This sign at the edge of Golden Gate Estates warns residents the field it straddles is private property
LHatter WFSU News

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection says test results show there has been no water contamination from an exploratory oil well drilled near a wildlife sanctuary in Collier County. The well is part of a years-long fight over a renewed push to explore for oil in a reserve running from Fort Myers to Miami, called the Sunniland Trend. But the results of the water testing aren't reassuring residents of a Naples neighborhood who are anxious about a recent decision by a judge and a looming decision by DEP that could bring another oil well into their backyards.

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4:24 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Rare Flowers Blossom Thanks To Fire And Water In The St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve

This is the field of wildflowers where Allix North found Chapman's crownbeard, Florida skullcap, and tropical waxweed.
Credit Nick Evans

Allix North and Dylan Shoemaker are trudging through a marsh to a small clearing full of threatened and endangered wildflowers.  After a controlled burn in the St. Joseph Buffer Preserve the rare flowers are in bloom.  The going isn’t terribly difficult, but it is a bit wet. 

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6:15 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Funding To Help Indian River Lagoon Included In Budget Taking Effect Tuesday

Dr. Brian Lapointe, a lead researcher at FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, is studying the troubled Indian River Lagoon.
Credit Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

About 160 bills are expected to take effect Tuesday, including this year’s budget. One research institute is hailing it as a victory, after the Governor signed the budget into law containing a provision that helps fund projects to help the Indian River Lagoon.

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10:14 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Part 1: Renewed Push For Oil In Florida Sparks Concern In Southwest Florida

Bald Cypress Tree at Corkscrew Swamp
LHatter WFSUNews

A Southwest Florida town has been in turmoil for the better part of a year over a renewed push to explore for oil in a reserve that stretches like a belt from Fort Myers to Miami. That push, and the actions of the companies doing the exploration, have some residents and environmental groups at war over what they see as an effort to bring fracking to Florida.

Oil Exploration In, Around Sensitive Lands Sparks Concern

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3:11 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Key West Chickens: Local Nuisance or Beloved Icon?

In Key West, Roosters rule the streets
Credit LHatter / WFSUNews

The Florida Keys boasts a variety of flora and fauna, and tourists flock to the region to soak up the sun and enjoy the climate. The area has tried hard to protect its vanishing native wildlife in recent years, and repel the invaders who could harm the natural balance. But not all invasive species are of the ‘exotic’ variety.

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