Environmental groups are giving Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Jon Steverson mixed reviews as he becomes one of the latest of Governor Rick Scott's top lieutenant's to step down.
Governor Rick Scott and the Cabinet agreed Tuesday to spend $16 million to preserve Horn Spring Woods, a vast, 11,000-acre swath of wilderness in Leon and Jefferson counties and the biggest purchase of its kind in more than a decade.
House and Senate leaders say are patting themselves on the back for writing a new statewide water policy and spending more to restore the Everglades. But environmentalists are giving the 2016 session mixed reviews.
Sponsors of a major rewrite of the state’s water policy are claiming victory after easy passage during the first week of the legislative session. But critics are asking Governor Rick Scott for a veto. They say the bill will do little to protect Florida’s freshwater springs, Lake Okeechobee or the Everglades.
Governor Rick Scott is getting mixed reviews for pulling the plug on so-called “water farming.” Scott vetoed more than $31 million that paid landowners to pull up their crops and store polluted runoff.