Expert Explains why the Gulf Coast gets Red Tide while the East Coast (mostly) doesn’t

On Tuesday, May 14th the Charlotte County Democrat Environmental Caucus hosted Andy Mele, a member of the Suncoast Waterkeepers. Andy’s presentation, attended by over 30 people, titled “The Phosphate Factor in Red Tide” summarized his thoughts on why Florida’s west coast ecosystem is hit by Red Tide but the east coast ecosystem remains mostly unaffected.…

Forum Tuesday: The Phosphate Factor in Red Tide

The Phosphate Factor in Red Tide: Why the Gulf Coast Gets Red Tide, and the East Coast (mostly) Doesn’t. TUESDAY, MAY 14 @ 7:00PM   Andy Mele serves as the Suncoast Waterkeeper, monitoring an area in Southwest Florida that includes the coastal areas of Manatee, Sarasota, and Northern Charlotte Counties. That position establishes him as…

Trump wants to auction off Florida’s shores and destroy our economy

On April 10, Politico reported officials in the Trump administration are “on the cusp” of approving a plan drawn up by oil and natural gas lobbyists to open up Florida’s beautiful shores to major industrial drilling. The proposal would allow Florida’s offshore oil and natural gas drilling, putting the local tourism economy and the environment in peril. According…

Florida Department of Health emails show agency struggled to manage algae crisis

With toxic algae fouling Southwest Florida’s inland waterways and coastline last year, state health officials faced a flood of worried questions as people turned to them for crisis leadership. Some were specific: Were Caloosahatchee blue crabs safe to eat? Was it dangerous to breathe near the algae-choked canals? How about swimming in the Gulf? (Read more in…

EDITORIAL: Trump whiffed big opportunity during Lake Okeechobee visit

President Trump got another $2 million last weekend. The Everglades is still waiting. Before hosting a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago, the president visited Lake Okeechobee and the lakefront town of Canal Point. Assembled Republicans wanted to hear him talk about the lake and water quality. Mostly, they hoped to hear him say he would increase his proposed Everglades budget…

Florida Democrats blast Trump on Everglades funding ahead of Lake Okeechobee visit

Democrats in Florida’s congressional delegation blasted President Donald Trump and the White House’s recommendations for Everglades funding during a call with media Thursday, one day before the president plans to visit Lake Okeechobee to tout Everglades projects.  South Florida Reps. Ted Deutch, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Donna Shalala spoke to reporters during a call set up by…

FDP Chair Terrie Rizzo on Ron DeSantis’s Decision to Allow Oil Drilling in the Everglades

Florida Democratic Party Chair Terrie Rizzo released the following statement on the DeSantis administration’s decision not to appeal a court ruling allowing the expansion of oil drilling in the Everglades: “Ron DeSantis today endangered the drinking water of millions of Floridians by allowing oil drilling in the Everglades. From this day forward, DeSantis will now…