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Plaintiffs seek summary judgment in Amendment 1 suit

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Advocacy groups suing the Legislature over environmental funding now are asking a judge to hand them the win. Florida Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club and others filed a 57-page motion for summary judgment Wednesday. Granting such motions allows parties to win a case without a trial. They filed suit last year over Amendment 1, the constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2014 that mandates state spending for land and water conservation. The measure requires state officials to set aside 33 percent of the money…

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Today on Context Florida: Florida’s bad bet, Marco Rubio, little Donnie Trump and weather-related crisis

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Today on Context Florida: Former Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp says expansion of gambling is a “bad bet” for Florida. When the current state constitution was approved in 1968 the only approved gambling involved pari-mutuels: dog tracks, horse tracks and jai alai. They had been in operation for decades and considered sporting events you could bet on. Since the constitution was passed, the voters of Florida have rejected amendments to allow casino gambling three times: in 1978, 1986 and 1994. When the…

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U.S. Sugar calls recent EPA cane burning complaint “baseless”

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An environmental activist group has filed a complaint with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency seeking a challenge to an air emissions permit from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to the U.S. Sugar Corp. Attorneys for Earthjustice filed the complaint Thursday, which seeks to include cane burning as part of DEP’s purview when issuing air emissions permits. In August, a similar petition by the Sierra Club was dismissed by DEP, which noted that the prescribed burns used for cane burning…

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Earthjustice, enviro groups slap Legislature with Amendment 1 lawsuit

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Shortly after filing suit against the Florida Legislature for allegedly “misappropriating” some $300 million in public funds and failing to comply with the state Constitution, environmental advocacy group Earthjustice held a conference call where it told reporters that lawmakers have willfully ignored the will of the voters — and their legal obligations. “We don’t think what the Legislature did meets the constitutional test,” said Florida Wildlife Federation President Manley Fuller, listed as a plaintiff in the 10-page complaint before the Leon County…

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Earthjustice, Florida Dems slam Rick Scott over ‘ban’ on ‘climate change’

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Democrats and some environmentalists blasted Gov. Rick Scott on Monday after a weekend news report that Florida Department of Environmental Protection employees had been banned from using the term climate change or global warming after he took office in 2011. The report by the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting appeared in the Tampa Bay Times and was referenced in The Washington Post and The Atlantic. The report said the  policy was unwritten but was “distributed verbally statewide” through the department of 3,200 employees. The report said four…

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Florida environmentalists slam New York Times’ Everglades story critical of Charlie Crist

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WUSF’s Scott Finn has a must-read report in response to a recent New York Times investigation questioned the price tag, environmental value and the politics of the deal with U.S. Sugar to restore the Everglades. But several environmental activists say the New York Times allowed itself to be used as a tool of Crist’s enemies. The headline on the New York Times website sums it up: “A Deal to Save the Everglades Could Rescue U.S. Sugar Instead.” The story has…

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Florida environmentalists slam New York Times’ Everglades story critical of Charlie Crist

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WUSF’s Scott Finn has a must-read report in response to a recent New York Times investigation questioned the price tag, environmental value and the politics of the deal with U.S. Sugar to restore the Everglades. But several environmental activists say the New York Times allowed itself to be used as a tool of Crist’s enemies. The headline on the New York Times website sums it up: “A Deal to Save the Everglades Could Rescue U.S. Sugar Instead.” The story has…

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