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Environmental lawsuit over ‘Amendment 1’ funding set for trial

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A Tallahassee judge has set a trial week in a lawsuit over the state’s environmental funding under a constitutional amendment passed almost three years ago. Circuit Judge Charles Dodson scheduled a weeklong bench trial for next July 23-27, with a pretrial conference set for June 15, court records show. Discovery in the case was ordered finished by May 25.

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Sierra Club endorses Barclay Harless for St. Pete City Council

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St. Petersburg banker Barclay Harless has received the endorsement of the Suncoast Sierra Club. The support comes as a welcome boost to Harless’ bid to win the City Council District 2 race in November.

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St. Pete activists worry environmental gains would regress under Rick Baker

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(UPDATED) Environmental activists would like to see several initiatives passed this year by the City Council because they fear they will not be addressed if Rick Baker becomes mayor in 2018. The St. Petersburg Sustainability Council (SPSC) is a local non-profit that includes members of the Suncoast Sierra Club, which has previously endorsed incumbent Rick Kriseman for mayor. At a press conference at Maximo Park in South St. Pete, members said that the progress on  environmental issues that has taken…

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Rick Kriseman to Rick Baker: ‘I’m greener than you’

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Saying that some issues are too important to be politicized and some crisis are too great to be ignored, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman fired back Thursday at Rick Baker, after the former mayor touted his environmental credentials in a new television ad. “I’ve been watching the ad that Rick Baker has been airing and, quite frankly, it smells worse than actual sewage,” Kriseman said at the beginning of a press conference staged at the Suncoast Sierra Club’s headquarters in…

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Progress Florida joins thousands opposing Trump’s plan for seismic airgun testing off Florida coast

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Progress Florida is one of the organizations and leaders opposing a plan to use seismic airgun testing for oil and gas exploration off the state’s Atlantic coast. The progressive nonprofit organization says the procedure threatens marine wildlife and coastal economies as well as Florida’s tourism and fishing industries. “The noise from seismic airgun blasts is so loud that it can be heard up to 2,500 miles from the source, devastating marine life, harming fisheries and coastal economies,” said Progress Florida…

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Bob Buckhorn says Tampa is doing plenty to combat climate change

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Although Bob Buckhorn isn’t likely to sign onto a Sierra Club pledge putting Tampa on record as attempting a 100 clean energy portfolio by a certain year, his administration says he’s doing plenty to combat the negative implications of climate change on the city. Buckhorn did join St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman in signing on to a group of over 300 mayors earlier this month who say they intend to fully the intended mission of the Paris Climate agreement, which President Trump…

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Bob Buckhorn not ready to sign Sierra Club commitment of moving Tampa toward 100% clean energy future

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After President Donald Trump said that he was pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord earlier this month, Bob Buckhorn joined a list of nearly 300 mayors around the nation to proclaim that the city of Tampa would continue to push for renewable energy and energy efficiency measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That’s fine, say local environmental leaders, but they really want the mayor to sign on to pledge to agree to transition to 100 percent clean renewable,…

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