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DeSoto Commissioners need more details from Mosaic

By Daniel Sutphin, The Daily Sun Staff Writer, June 1, 2022. ARCADIA — DeSoto County commissioners and residents want more details from Mosaic Fertilizer Co. regarding reagents in phosphate mining. “What is the list of reagents and can we get a disclosure of reagents used in the process?” Commissioner Jerod Gross asked during a county

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Mosaic, DeSoto County to host phosphate workshop on May 31 at 9 am

By DANIEL SUTPHIN, The Daily Sun Staff Writer ARCADIA — DeSoto County Commissioners will hold a public workshop at 9 a.m., Tuesday at the Turner Center, 2250 NE Roan St, Arcadia, FL 34266, regarding Mosaic and the potential of phosphate mining. For more info, visit https://desotobocc.com/calendar/event/2319. Mosaic owns around 23,000 acres of farmland in DeSoto

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Environment

Trying everything, even lettuce, to save Florida’s beloved manatees

By Patricia Mazzei, The New York Times, April 9, 2022. INDIAN RIVER LAGOON, Fla. — At first, the manatees stayed away from the romaine lettuce. It was an extraordinary experiment in dire times: humans dumping pallets of leafy greens to feed Florida’s beloved manatees in the warm waters of the Indian River Lagoon, where decades of pollution have

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Environment

How to defeat Putin and save the planet

Credit…Felipe Trueba/EPA, via Shutterstock By Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times, Opinion Columnist, March 29, 2022 It is impossible to predict how the war in Ukraine will end. I fervently hope it’s with a free, secure and independent Ukraine. But here is what I know for sure: America must not waste this crisis. This is

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Environment

Charlotte County commissioners are ignoring our environment

The following Letter to the Editor was published in The Daily Sun on Mar 13, 2022. Our county commissioners voted unanimously to rezone preserved and environmentally sensitive lands along Bayshore Road for commercial and planned development so Harpoon Harry’s, owned by Smugglers, Inc., can develop waterfront shopping and dining down the street from Sunseeker Resort.

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Environment

Sea level rise grants coming to Charlotte County

By Betsy Calvert, The Daily Sun Staff Writer, Feb 7, 2022. As part of the Southwest Florida Regional Resiliency Compact, Charlotte County has been selected for two grants to assess the vulnerability of the region to sea level rise. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is awarding the two grants, $152,819 and $270,064. Charlotte County

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Call to Action

FPL-backed bill imperils rooftop solar in our Sunshine State

The following letter to the editor was published in The Daily Sun on Jan 21, 2022. Florida Power and Light, with the help of state legislators, seems determined to kill solar power for  homeowners. Two years ago I installed solar on my roof. Now, I pay nine dollars a month to FP&L. My panels generate

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Environment

An opportunity to discuss water quality

The following Editorial appeared in The Daily Sun on January 10, 2021. There may not be a topic that gets people’s attention in Southwest Florida easier than the condition of our water resources. Be it concerns about phosphate mining, red tide, sewer malfunctions or the question of supply and demand, everyone has a stake in

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Environment

Manatees, facing a crisis, will get a bit of help: extra feeding

By Catrin Einhorn, New York Times, Dec. 7, 2021. The starving manatees are easy enough to spot. You can see their ribs through their skin. They surface to breathe more than normal. Those most in need appear off balance, listing to one side. As manatee deaths spike and Florida rescue centers fill up with malnourished animals,

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Environment

Study on impact of algae toxins appreciated

The following Editorial was published in The Daily Sun on December 1, 2021. We think it’s a great idea to know to what degree harmful algae blooms can hurt humans. It was good to learn in a Miami Herald article that Florida Atlantic University is beginning a study on the effects of human exposure to

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Environment

Too much nitrogen is flowing into Charlotte Harbor

By Betsy Calvert, The Daily Sun Staff Writer, Nov 1, 2021. Charlotte Harbor is environmentally impaired, and the state has deferred an action plan to local officials. Charlotte County’s new Water Quality Manager Brendan Moody shared the status of the county’s waterways with commissioners recently and said he will be advocating in early 2022 for

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Environment

Charlotte County Water Quality Assessment and Improvement Presentation

When: Thursday, October 21, 2021, 5:00-7:00 PM Where:  Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, 2001 Shreve St., Punta Gorda Who: Brandon Moody, Charlotte County Water Quality Manager and Nicole Iadevaia, Research & Outreach Manager, Coastal and Heartland National Estuary Partnership   Hosted by:  the PGI Civic Association and TEAM Punta Gorda This presentation will discuss the

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Environment

Englewood Democratic Club meets in-person on October 27th

Summer is over! Please join us for our first  in-person membership meeting this year. Who:  All fully-vaccinated EDC Members and Friends are welcome.  Masks are optional. Where: Englewood Chamber of Commerce, 601 S. Indiana Ave, Englewood 34223.  Parking at the Chamber of Commerce is limited, but there is street parking and the Allstate King Financial &

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Environment

Who should get the dirty water?

Editorial by The Daily Sun, Aug 8, 2021 Top of Form OUR POSITION: We support the Charlotte County commissioners’ efforts to tweak the Army Corps of Engineers’ plan on where to send Lake Okeechobee’s runoff. We don’t want Lake Okeechobee’s toxic water. That’s a message we need to make clear. It wasn’t that long ago, 2017

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Environment

DeSantis and Fried offer very different takes on red tide

By Jim Turner, News Service of Florida, Aug 3, 2021 SARASOTA — Gov. Ron DeSantis and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried made appearances Tuesday along the Gulf Coast, offering competing views about an ongoing toxic red-tide outbreak. Fried, the state agriculture commissioner, reiterated a call for DeSantis to declare a state of emergency to help

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