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Jack Latvala says he’ll support legislation banning fracking again in 2017 Session

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State Sen. Jack Latvala opposed a bill to regulate the use of fracking in the 2016 Session, and in the upcoming Session, he’ll support legislation that would do so again. “I’m where I was last year,” he said when asked about the controversial practice to extract natural gas and oil out of the ground. “I helped beat it last year, so … I’m in the same place, and I’ll support a bill to ban it,” the Clearwater Republican said while exiting Sunlake High School…

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Pinellas County Commission bans fracking

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County commissioners voted Tuesday unanimously to ban fracking in Pinellas. “After listening carefully to the latest science and the voices of local residents, Pinellas County Commissioners decided to permanently protect the water, health, and environment of our county from the documented damage of fracking and fracking wastewater,” said Jennifer Rubiello, state director of Environment Florida. “This is what true leadership looks like,” she said. Commissioner Dave Eggers conceded that fracking is unlikely in Pinellas. But, he said, the ban is…

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New data map shows all but one Florida county suffered a weather disaster over the past five years

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Environmental researchers at Eckerd College released data showing nearly every single Floridian lives in a county where weather-related disasters have been declared over the past five years. The Hitting Close to Home online map shows all but one of Florida’s 67 counties had a severe weather event declared a disaster by either the Federal Emergency Management Agency or the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Only Indian River County on Florida’s East coast averted disaster. “From massive floods to severe rain storms…

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Toast to the Bay/Dump into the Bay: Jennifer Rubiello and new Pier haters

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Toast to the Bay: Jennifer Rubiello A fracking bill that would have made the practice legal in Florida and preempt cities and other local governments from passing ordinances interfering with that law died in the state Senate this week. Locally, the biggest champion for that was Environment Florida’s Jennifer Rubiello. The young environmentalist traveled to Tallahassee to speak with lawmakers about the dangers of fracking. Among her messaging points: There’s no safe way to regulate hydraulic fracturing and it leads…

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Activists push progressive agenda for 2016 Legislative Session

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On the eve of this year’s Legislative Session, Tampa Bay area activists took to St. Pete City Hall to drum up support for a variety of legislative priorities. Backed by more than a dozen supporters waving signs, the most immediate push was the Fight for $15 movement to raise the minimum wage. Putting a new face to the fight was St. Pete’s newest City Council member, Lisa Wheeler-Brown. “I live in midtown where people work hard, and they deserve a…

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Florida’s high-ranking ‘Summer Fun Index’ shows strong backing for Clean Water Rule

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Florida is home to more registered boats than any other of the 28 states evaluated in a study released Thursday by the group Environment Florida. The “Summer Fun Index” compiled by the group’s research and policy center shows that more than 37 million people visit the Sunshine State’s waterways each year. “There’s nothing quite like boating in Tampa Bay,” said Jennifer Rubiello, the state director for Environment Florida. In addition to having a boat load of, well, boats, Florida also…

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Environmentalists turn to craft beer to make their clean water pitch

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The group Environment Florida put a new face on the fight for clean water – beer. In order to draw increased attention to water quality issues facing Floridians, the group hosted a clean water forum at 3 Daughters brewery in St. Pete Tuesday night. The evening’s keynote speaker was Jim Leonard, chemist and lab director for the brewery. We’re talking Breaking Bad beer brewing … minus the Walter White, law-breaking shenanigans. Leonard pointed out how important water is to brewing…

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