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SalterMitchell launches ‘Fluent in Floridian’ podcast

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There’s a new podcast on the block. SalterMitchell is launching Fluent in Floridian, a new podcast featuring state leaders talking about issues important to the people of Florida and the people who visit the Sunshine State each year. The podcast will tackle issues like economic development, environmental protection, transportation, tourism, politics and taxes. Released weekly, each episode features interviews with political leaders, influences and innovators from around the state. “News is consumed so quickly now that it’s become hard to…

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Florence Snyder: Ain’t no Sunshine where Scott’s gone

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Just in time for Sunshine Week, Tampa Bay Times environmental reporter Craig Pittman reminds us how focused, how ruthless, how relentless Gov. Rick Scott’s flacks are in their taxpayer-financed efforts to keep information out of the hands of taxpayers. Florida’s Ministries of Disinformation have been around since the Chiles administration, but “paranoia about the press” has ramped up significantly on Scott’s watch. Here’s how Connie Bersok, who devoted 30 years of her life to protecting Florida’s fragile wetlands, described current…

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Mosaic pushes back hard against Tampa Bay Times over sinkhole reporting

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Following a report from the Tampa Bay Times’ Craig Pittman regarding the sinkhole that opened up on Mosaic Fertilizer’s property in late 2016, the company sent out a scathing rebuke to media alleging Pittman “continues to provide a platform for false information.” In the report, Pittman interviewed Don Rice, a former hydrologist from the U.S. Geological Survey, who alleges the company should have seen the signs of a sinkhole forming. Jackie Barron, a Mosaic spokeswoman, said the claims made in Pittman’s…

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Craig Pittman’s go-to quote against hunting in state parks? An accused puppy killer

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Everyone loves puppies. Well, almost everyone. Apparently not Albert Gregory, the former Florida Department of Environmental Protection park planner and twice-referenced expert source for Tampa Bay Times environmental reporter Craig Pittman. First, some background. Last year, DEP chief Jon Steverson created a maelstrom when he suggested revising state park management plans at several of Florida’s 174 State Parks. Steverson’s comments were interpreted (by some) as sanctioning the expansion of grazing, logging, and other revenue-generating activities — which could also include…

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Email insights: DEP sets record straight on hunting, privatizing Florida State Parks

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Florida State Parks have come under fire recently, and the Department of Environmental Protection feels it’s time to “set the record straight.” A new DEP email takes exception with several recent media accounts, each inaccurately “perpetuated misconceptions” about the future of Florida State Parks. “As these stories are being driven by false allegations based on incomplete information that does not present a complete or accurate picture of the efforts of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service,” the…

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DEP Secretary Jon Steverson should be easily confirmed by Senate Enviro Committee

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Rumor has it that a bus load of activists are headed to Tallahassee Wednesday to oppose Secretary Jon Steverson’s confirmation in his first of three stops in the Senate for Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection. Their main reason? To stop Steverson from lifting the ban on hunting in state parks. A noble goal, if they were not dead wrong. The thing is that hunting on lands in the Florida state parks system has been ongoing and legal for 25…

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WTSP’s Mike Deeson takes home 2015 Sunshine State Journalist of the Year award

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WTSP reporter Mike Deeson has been named the 2015 Sunshine State Journalist of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Pro Chapter. Deeson also nabbed several other awards for his work uncovering deception within the ranks of the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority. Deeson’s series of investigative reports about a Department of Homeland Security grant that was misused by PSTA earned him several other awards as well, including the First Amendment Foundation’s Freedom of Information Award, the Government Coverage Award, Continuing Coverage Award…

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