Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Top Florida Environmental News - May 3, 2011

Contents:

Sierra Club Florida in the News
Energy, Waste & Green Transit
Growth Management
Habitat & Wildlife 
Water



Sierra Club Florida in the News

Conservation groups appeal Federal judge's ruling
Naples Daily News
. . . the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and the Council of Civic Associations, filed a lawsuit challenging the Service's denial of their petitions to designate critical habitat for the panther...



Energy, Waste & Green Transit

Progress Energy files ruling to reduce nuclear cost recovery bills
Gainesville Sun
By Fred Hiers Florida law allows utilities to charge customers for costs incurred for proposed nuclear facilities, referring to the process as “nuclear cost recovery.” Progress Energy Florida on Monday submitted to the Florida Public Service Commission . . .

Feds move SunRail project forward
MiamiHerald.com
AP The US Department of Transportation on Monday signaled it is ready to enter into a multi-year funding agreement with the state of Florida to build the $1.2 billion project. It would link downtown Orlando with Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties. ...
SunRail Receives Final U.S. DOT Approval - WKMG Orlando

HART to wind down rail effort
Tbo.com
Rick Scott turned off the federal cash spigot by rejecting $2.4 billion for high-speed rail. HART has spent about $1.5 million studying alternative transportation routes, mainly for rail lines. The studies are necessary to pursue federal money for . . .

Car-charging stations operating in Delray parking lot
Sun-Sentinel
By Maria Herrera, Sun Sentinel Getting around an electric car in Delray Beach will be easier and more environmentally friendly after the city unveils three new charging stations Wednesday. A special "green" ribbon ceremony at 5:30 pm will celebrate the . . .




Tampabay.com
So in return for movement on budget negotiations, Haridopolos agreed to Cannon's demand that the Senate embrace House legislation to eviscerate growth management. The plan calls for the Housegrowth management legislation to be part of budget ...

If Orlando's moving to economic fast lane, how far behind is Tampa Bay?
Tampabay.com
Fruth argues that the current efforts by state government to streamline regulations and reduce growth management laws will eventually help a debilitated state economy — once businesses feel they can trust the direction of Florida's intentions. ... 




Habitat & Wildlife


Stomping out the frogs
MiamiHerald.com
Meanwhile, the budget writers have diverted more than $50 million from Florida's environmental trust funds – money that had been set aside for habitat protection, invasive-species removals, water projects. Money budgeted to clean up the Everglades was ...

Developer told to stop cutting conserved timber
Daytona Beach News-Journal
By JULIE MURPHY, Staff Writer BUNNELL -- Flagler County officials are investigating how much timber was cut from the conservation area of the Hunter's Ridge development that straddles Flagler and Volusia county lines, and what the developer has to do ...

A growing trend: Standing up for alligators
Sanibel Captiva Islander
SCCF and The Dunes hatched the plan for “Wildlife Tours” and “Alligator Awareness” classes for the golf membership and residents as a solution. The day of the SCCF class, the crocodile — which had been released in "Ding" Darling by the State of ...

Hubbs-SeaWorld wants to bring fishing hatchery to Pensacola
Pensacola News Journal
The reason Hubbs-SeaWorld wants to come to Pensacola can be credited to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. About three years ago, the FWC stepped up its fish hatcheries program and has established a goal of having up to 14 ...

Trash recycling plant proposed for west Pembroke Pines
Miami Herald
“We want to be a good neighbor,'' said Bergeron, who is a member of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Dressed in his customary garb of white cowboy hat, Wrangler jeans, western shirt and boots, Bergeron said he wanted to “take ...

Loggerhead sea turtle ready For mid-May release from Environmental Studies Center
TCPalm
The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission transferred him from The Turtle Hospital in Marathon. Since February 2008, he was housed at the Kraals Museum in Key West. When that facility closed, he was moved to temporary quarters and eventually ...





Water

Hall releases priority Surface Water Management projects
North Fort Myers Neighbor
By ANDREA GALABINSKI, nfmneighbor@breezenewspapers.com After a town hall meeting on the area's Surface Water Management Plan, Commissioner Tammy Hall released a list of priority projects. Hall hosted the meeting with Lee County's Division of Natural . . .

Tampa to move ahead with dredging project
Tampa Tribune
Walter said removing the muck from the bottom will improve water quality in the canals by increasing the tidal flow. The dredging will also benefit homeowners who live on the canals and benefit the city by increasing property values in one of Tampa's . . .

Florida legislature aims to relax state water pollution standards
Florida Independent
State lawmakers have been adamant in their opposition to a set of federally mandated water quality standards because, they say, Florida is already aggressively improving its waters. Now legislators are making strides to relax state laws limiting waste in state . . .