Thousands of acres of seagrass lost in Lemon Bay and Charlotte Harbor

By Phyllis Wojcik, Charlotte County Environmental Caucus, June 14, 2021 Betty Staugler, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Harmful Algae Bloom liaison, Florida Sea Grant University of Florida and Nicole Iadevaia, Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership (CHNEP) presented “Seagrass Trends in Charlotte Harbor: Current Findings and Ongoing Efforts” to the Charlotte County Commissioners at…

Charlotte Dems honor Earth Day

On April 22nd, members of the Charlotte County Democratic Club honored Earth Day by picking up four bags of trash and debris from the roadside and ditches along Olean Blvd from Beacon St. to Kings Hwy.  The Club services this road throughout the year as a participant in the “Adopt a Road” program, keeping Charlotte…

How will Piney Point affect us?

By Betsy Calvert, Charlotte Sun Staff Writer, Apr 7, 2021 What happened? Stacks of waste water and phosphogypsum remain at the site of the defunct Piney Point phosphate plant mine in Bradenton.  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency last Saturday after a significant leak of wastewater threatened to burst a system that…

Accountability questions swirl around Piney Point phosphogypsum stack leaks

By Jesse Mendoza, Sarasota Herald-Tribune,  USA TODAY NETWORK, April 3, 2021 As yet another potential environmental disaster connected to the former Piney Point fertilizer processing plant along Tampa Bay in Manatee County unfolds, questions about accountability for the repeated problems loom. Elected officials and regulators at both the local and state levels have long grappled…

Water Quality Trends of Charlotte County Beaches will be addressed by Dr. Richard Whitman at the April 6th Environmental Caucus Meeting

Dr. Richard Whitman will review the status and trends of recreational water quality of Charlotte County beaches at the next monthly meeting of the Environmental Caucus on Tuesday, April 6th at 1:30 pm. – His presentation will point out specific concerns, the need for pollution source identification, more timely notification, increased advisory reliability, and examples…

Model homes imminent in West Port

By Betsy Calvert, Charlotte Sun Staff Writer, Nov 29, 2020  This aerial view of the planned community called West Port under development shows State Road 776/El Jobean Road at the bottom and U.S. 41 at the top. The Charlotte County Centennial Park is the green in the middle. The first model homes may go in…

Protect our precious Florida environment

By David Jones, Democratic Candidate for District 75, Florida House of Representatives Because of the current USA political system, whereby our officials are often elected by the size of their wallet or their beholden special interests, we can no longer exclusively trust our government to assure environmental justice.  I believe that environmental protection should be…

Staggering costs of climate change, reasons for hope are topics of talk.

by Phyllis Wojcik, President, Charlotte County Democratic Environmental Council Over thirty individuals attended 24 Hours of Reality: Truth in Action on, a global conversation on the truth of the climate crisis and how we solve it.  Alessia Leathers, a leader from The Climate Reality Project, joined volunteers around the world holding public presentations and conversations…