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Joe Negron says he’ll push for funding to buy land south of Lake O

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Calls to send the water south of appear to have been heard. Senate President Designate Joe Negron announced Tuesday he planned to push lawmakers to set aside money to purchase land for water storage south of Lake Okeechobee. The Stuart Republican said he has identified two areas — an area south of the lake that straddles the Miami Canal and the Bolles Canal, and an area to the southeast adjacent to existing stormwater treatment areas, canals and the A-1 flow equalization…

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Rick Scott to include money in 2017-18 budget proposal to help clean up Indian River Lagoon and Caloosahatchee River

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A voluntary program to encourage residents to switch from septic tanks could be getting a funding boost. Gov. Rick Scott announced Wednesday he plans to include additional funding in his 2017-18 budget to help clean up the Indian River Lagoon and Caloosahatchee River. The proposal, the Governor’s Office said, would include new funding for a 50-50 matching grant program with local communities near the areas affected by the algae blooms. “It is up to all of us – the state,…

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Rick Scott declares a state of emergency in Martin, St. Lucie counties

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Gov. Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in two Treasure Coast communities, and is ordering the Department of Environmental Protection to take swift action to address algae blooms in the area. The state of emergency covers Martin and St. Lucie counties, where algae blooms have been detected in local waterways. The executive order allows state and local governments to take action to mitigate the spread of algae blooms in the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries. Scott said he…

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Jac VerSteeg: Rick Scott puts Band-Aid on environmental wounds

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A politician is a guy who shoots you in the gut and then campaigns by bragging about the Band-Aid he put on the wound. The latest example: Just days after The Palm Beach Post’s John Kennedy documented how Gov. Rick Scott‘s environmental policies had led to an explosion of huge developments in Palm Beach County and across the state, Scott showed up in the county to tout his environmental achievements. Scott came to Florida Atlantic University’s Pine Jog Environmental Education…

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Rick Scott activates emergency loan program for small businesses impacted by Lake O discharges

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Relief could be coming for some South Florida small businesses impacted by the Lake Okeechobee discharges. On Thursday, Gov. Rick Scott activated Florida’s Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program for more than 100 businesses affected by the releases. The move comes after theFlorida Department of Economic Opportunity conducted a survey to assess the economic damages in Lee, Martin and St. Lucie counties. “I’m committed to ensuring all those affected by the federal government’s releases from Lake Okeechobee can quickly recover…

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Florida House: Use conservation money on Everglades

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The Florida House wants to dedicate as much as $200 million a year on projects to help restore the state’s fabled Everglades. House Republicans on Tuesday announced their “Legacy Florida” initiative. It would require that each year that the state set aside conservation money for a variety of Everglades restoration projects. The list would include projects that lessen the level of discharges from Lake Okeechobee into nearby estuaries. In recent years federal authorities have been criticized for discharging polluted water…

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Which drivers in Florida suffer through the longest commute?

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Surely it must be the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, where the traffic jams are legendary. Or Orlando, where thousands of often lost and wandering tourists mix with residents to create a glacial sludge of cars. And if not those, it must be the Tampa Bay area, where many commuters contend with bridges and causeways as they go from one side of the water to the other. No, no and no. The longest average commute in Florida is found in the relatively…

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