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Dave Aronberg: Florida must ban near-shore drilling, provide disaster relief

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Dave Aronberg offers this op-ed: As our state reels from the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, it is simply not enough to amend our Constitution to prohibit near-shore drilling. With all the understandable anger surrounding this disaster, which will surely have long-term economic and environmental effects on Florida, some are seeking a special session of the Legislature to ensure we will never see oil rigs near our coast. While I support that measure – and have consistently opposed…

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Florida skips offshore oil binge but still pays

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When rigs first started drilling for oil off Louisiana’s coast in the 1940s, Floridians scanned their shoreline, with its resorts and talcum-white beaches, and said, No thanks. Go ahead and drill, they told other Gulf Coast states; we’ll stick with tourism. Now that invisible wall separating Florida from its neighbors has been breached. The spreading BP oil spill has already reached the Panhandle, and if it rides currents to the renowned reefs and fishing holes on both Florida coasts, the Sunshine State could become a…

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Charlie Crist on ‘Face the Nation’: BP spill should be a wake-up call

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From CBS News: As President Barack Obama prepares to head back to the Gulf states on Monday to get a personal update on what’s being done concerning the oil spill, Florida Governor Charlie Crist says state crews are doing everything they can to be ready for the worst. Speaking to Bob Schieffer on CBS’s “Face the Nation” from the shore of Seagrove on Sunday morning, Governor Charlie Crist said while the impact from the BP spill has been limited up…

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Charlie Crist on ‘Face the Nation’: BP spill should be a wake-up call

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From CBS News: As President Barack Obama prepares to head back to the Gulf states on Monday to get a personal update what’s being done concerning the oil spill, Florida Governor Charlie Crist says state crews are doing everything they can to be ready for the worst. Speaking to Bob Schieffer on CBS’s “Face the Nation” for the shore of Seagrove on Sunday morning, Governor Charlie Crist said while the impact from the BP spill has been limited up to…

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Charlie Crist says he backs destination casino resorts in Florida

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Las Vegas-style casinos near Florida’s beaches sound pretty good to Gov. Charlie Crist – who said Thursday gambling could mean a tourism and revenue bonanza for the state. Crist, who signed a long-sought Seminole gambling compact earlier this month, told Sun Sentinel reporters and editors he supports destination, resort-style casinos in Florida. In Tallahassee, Las Vegas gambling executives began making a push for such facilities this spring, promising multi-billion facilities if the state would give them a low tax rate and…

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Visit Florida to go mobile

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Visitors to Florida will soon be able to find tourism hotspots on their iPhones and Blackberries. Visit Florida, the state’s public-private tourism marketing corporation, is developing a mobile Web site so that visitors can research the best beaches as they stroll through historic St. Augustine or compare hotel rates while waiting to board Space Mountain at Walt Disney World. The site, which Visit Florida hopes to have ready by September, is another evolution in Visit Florida’s attempt to harness emerging technology…

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