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Today, Earthjustice attorneys were in the Florida Supreme Court arguing a case that could determine the future of solar energy in the state.

You’d think that growing solar power would be a no-brainer in a place with the nickname “the Sunshine State.” But the fact is, our utilities profit from the status quo, which depends on an outdated electric distribution model: building more power plants and fossil-fuel infrastructure.

Update: On February 26 Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in communities hit by the pollution on Florida’s east and west coasts, citing “extensive environmental harm” and “severe economic losses” from ongoing discharges of Lake Okeechobee water to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers. But so far, businesses say they haven’t seen any help.

Sunset on the Apalachicola River in Florida

And now for something completely different: I bring you some actual, positive news from Florida!

For the past year, we've been in a legal battle to protect the Apalachicola River, a magnificent waterway in the state's northern reaches that the U.S. Interior Department called "one of the nation's richest hotspots of biodiversity."

The Florida Forever conservation land-buying program was created to set aside funds for conservation to protect coastal areas like this one.

Update, June 25, 2015: Earthjustice filed a lawsuit on behalf of three Florida citizen’s groups asking ask the court to compel the Florida Legislature to comply with the Water and Land Conservation Amendment in the state Constitution. The suit was filed in the Leon County Circuit Court on behalf of the Florida Wildlife Federation, the St.


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