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LAST CHANCE--Tell Lawmakers to Fund *Florida Forever*

WE NEED YOUR HELP. Our legislature is using the final hours of Florida’s 2019 legislative session to reduce Florida Forever funding.

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LAST CHANCE--Tell Lawmakers to Fund *Florida Forever*

WE NEED YOUR HELP. Our legislature is using the final hours of Florida’s 2019 legislative session to reduce Florida Forever funding.

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Thanks To You, We’re Taking Back Florida’s Water

The Army Corps asked and the people of South Florida answered--in force.

Monday brought to a close more than two months of public comment sessions hosted by the Corps. Thousands of voices weighed in, from across the state and beyond, to build the record, provide feedback, and raise concerns as the Corps deliberates the replacement of the current Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule with a new policy, now dubbed the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM).

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How Many More Sweet Deals For Sugar Can Florida Stand?

Any legislation that paves the way for private interests to use taxpayer resources to develop the Everglades is not in the public interest.

In this episode of Florida politics, Eye on Miami’s Alan Farago takes a closer look at the proposed C-51 reservoir. The project, now creeping its way through the legislature under the guise of preserving and protecting the natural environment, reveals a darker intention with a second, harder look.

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas's Legacy

If ever there was a person who captured the spirit of the fight to save Florida’s River of Grass, the famously feisty defender of the Everglades, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, was it. And who better to commemorate those efforts than Martin County’s own local water hero and long-time friend of Marjory, Maggy Hurchalla.

On what would have been Marjory’s 129th birthday, and fifty years after the founding of Friends of the Everglades, Maggy honors the life and legacy of Marjory Stoneman Douglas that lives on through the work of Friends, which remains committed to preserving, protecting, and restoring the only Everglades in the world.


Where are we with saving the Everglades?

By Maggy Hurchalla

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It’s Working. New Lake O Management is Passing the Test.

There is no question that insufficient and outdated water management priorities have led us to a human health crisis.

Holding Lake Okeechobee water levels too high before the rainy season last year resulted in the emergency discharge of 392 billion gallons of toxic water into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee, leaving behind a rash of health concerns and unanswered questions. (The Army Corps admitted they were betting on a dry weather forecast. We all lost that bet.)

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Why Don’t Dead Dolphins Worry Our Leaders?

The human health crisis blooming in Florida is becoming harder to ignore.

Last week a new study showed that dolphins are testing positive for fatal neurological disorders--similar to Alzheimer’s--after chronic exposure to toxic algae in the same waters that we swim in, fish from, and live on.

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Do We Fix Our Problems Sooner? Or Later?

Who would lobby to solve a problem s-l-o-w-e-r?

By changing the operational priorities for Lake Okeechobee’s management, we could be on the brink of an amazing shift in water policy with the potential to transform South Florida forever... right NOW... at virtually no cost to taxpayers. Shouldn’t we welcome that opportunity?

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Deal to Sell Off Water Sneaking through Florida legislature

Hey, look over there! While federal and state agencies and a legion of Florida policymakers and water management experts scramble to rebuild the disastrous Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule--the operating manual that led to last summer’s toxic bloom catastrophe--the state legislature has been able to negotiate water deals without input from key overseers.

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