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Sources: Noah Valenstein set to become next DEP head

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Noah Valenstein, Gov. Rick Scott‘s former environmental policy coordinator, has the inside track to become the next secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, sources tell FloridaPolitics.com. Valenstein, now the executive director of the Suwannee River Water Management District, is the top pick over interim secretary Ryan Matthews. Scott and the Cabinet in February OK’d Matthews to serve as interim department head to fill in for departing secretary Jon Steverson. He quit in January to join the legal-lobbying firm of Foley & Lardner. Valenstein attended an August 2014 meeting in…

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Everglades group releases petition supporting U.S. Sugar land buy

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Environmental groups supporting the purchase of 46,000 acres of U.S. Sugar Corp. land launched on Wednesday commercials and released a petition from scientists in support of the proposal. The ads from the Everglades Trust show polluted water from Lake Okeechobee being discharged into the St. Lucie River with signs in Martin County warning against swimming. “Legislators must respect the mandate of the voters and use the Amendment 1 funds for what the voters intended — to buy lands in the…

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Sugar manufacturer warns enviros could “derail” Everglades protection

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Florida Crystals Corp. warned today that the environmental alliance calling for the state to use Amendment 1 funds to purchase U.S. Sugar lands located south of Lake Okeechobee could “derail” long-term Everglades conservation plans. In a statement released Friday, Florida Crystals Vice President Gaston Cantens criticized an earlier announcement by the Everglades Trust urging lawmakers once again to support the sugar land purchase with money from the water and land conservation measure approved by voters in November. “The state cannot…

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