Bill Day’s editorial cartoon in response to DEP taking down John Moran’s photography

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As the Tallahassee Democrat first reported, images taken by prominent Florida outdoor photographer John Moran have been ordered removed from a state Department of Environmental Protection website.

DEP officials say Moran’s photos were taken off the Office of Greenways and Trails website as part of a “routine rotation” to accommodate new photos from participants in the agency’s annual state parks photo contest.

But a March 31 email indicates the work of Moran, who in 2006 contracted with OGT to photograph statewide trails and was lauded for his work by its chief as recently as February, was specifically targeted for removal.

Moran, co-director of the Springs Eternal Project, has been vocal in recent public speeches and newspaper opinion pieces about the need for state officials – including Gov. Rick Scott – to step up and take a more proactive leadership role in addressing the state’s serious water-quality problems.

… One of the exhibit panels features a graphic picture of slime-encrusted Fanning Springs State Park, overlaid with a quote from DEP secretary Herschel Vinyard Jr., “Floridians and DEP are on the right track to getting the water right,” underscoring what Moran says is a disconnect between what Floridians see and what state officials say.

In response to this outrage, SaintPetersBlog’s editorial cartoonist, Bill Day, offered this response:

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