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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.

Clean water rally Florida

Hundreds of people convened on Florida’s Capitol in Tallahassee on Feb. 18 to demand that the state’s leaders honor their right to clean water. Many of them rode for hours on buses from waterfront communities that have suffered heartbreaking episodes of green slime—toxic algae outbreaks sparked by pollution from sewage, manure and fertilizer.

Everglades National Park

The most popular thing on the entire statewide ballot in 2014 – more popular than any candidate or issue – was the Land Acquisition Amendment to our state Constitution. We know all too well that Floridians are perennially divided on so many votes, but this one was a landslide, approved by a whopping 75 percent majority.

Now that we've got the Land Acquisition Amendment on the books, we citizens need to watch closely to make sure that special interests and their politician friends don't try to make an end-run around the voters' will.

This op-ed was first published in the Tampa Tribune.

It’s hard to believe that in this age of technological innovation, Florida’s utilities are acting like it’s the 1950's.

First, Duke Energy tried to charge ratepayers for a nuclear power plant it kept insisting would be worth the exorbitant half-billion price tag, but was never even built. When citizens and some prominent politicians balked at this ridiculousness, state regulators ordered Duke to refund $54 million of the money back to consumers.


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