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Old 07-18-2016, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Gov. Rick Scott signed House Bill 999 into law last week (June 4, 2013.)
The bill relaxes a slew of environmental regulations on businesses within the state.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Gov. Scott received “more than 350 letters or emails urging him to veto [the bill].” However, last week Scott signed the bill anyway.

Here are some of the provisions in the bill listed by the Times:

• Blocking the Florida Wildlife Federation from suing to overturn a controversial decision by Scott and the Cabinet to grant 30-year leases to 31,000 acres of the state’s Everglades property to two major sugar companies.

Former Governor & U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, D-Miami Lakes and chairman of the Florida Conservation Coalition, said Thursday HB 999 still contains an objectionable provision ratifying 30-year no-bid farming leases approved by the Cabinet in January.

“It’s a better bill than it was by eliminating those (fertilizer and wetlands) provisions and the other deletions that occurred along the process,” Graham told The Florida Current. “But it’s still in my judgment not advancing the public interest of protecting Florida’s natural resources.”

» Environmental Rules, Regulatory Agencies Undergo Big Changes


3 years after he signed this bill on lax environmental legislation Gov. Scott is now pleading for federal assistance on the algae bloom catastrophe.
Here is a interesting opinion piece why Obama should tell Florida Gov. Rick Scott: This Emergency Is Yours... Own It!

Obama Should Tell Florida Gov. Rick Scott: This Emergency Is Yours... Own It

I wonder how any of you Rick Scott supporters feel now? He screwed the Feds in a Medicare fraud case & plead the Fifth 75 times. It was only a matter of time before he screwed Florida too.
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Old 07-19-2016, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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A possible global warming factor contributing to the algae bloom, at least when it gets out in to the ocean:
Ocean Acidification -- Pristine Seas -- National Geographic
Not to mention the increased CO2 itself absorbed in the upper ocean. Algae is like plants--it thrives off of CO2.
Not the primary cause, but it sure doesn't help.
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Old 07-19-2016, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Manchester NH
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Florida is finished, move to california
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Old 07-19-2016, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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Florida is finished, move to california
It affects 4 counties. I was caused by the Army Corps of Engineers sending water from Lake Okeechobee into rivers which flow into the Gulf. Instead of the Lake Okeechobee water flowing through the Everglades as nature intended the government is paid by the sugar and other agricultural companies to keep their parts of the Everglades dry.

CA has its own problems.
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Old 07-19-2016, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Manchester NH
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It affects 4 counties. I was caused by the Army Corps of Engineers sending water from Lake Okeechobee into rivers which flow into the Gulf. Instead of the Lake Okeechobee water flowing through the Everglades as nature intended the government is paid by the sugar and other agricultural companies to keep their parts of the Everglades dry.

CA has its own problems.
but do you think it will spread to other coastal counties in the coming months? if so, California is a beach lovers best next option. Santa Cruz has a nice boardwalk and san diego has the only other (except smaller) seaworld in the US
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Old 07-19-2016, 04:24 PM
 
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I do not go to the beach, but it does worry me that it might contaminate the drinking water supply.
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Old 07-19-2016, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Manchester NH
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I do not go to the beach, but it does worry me that it might contaminate the drinking water supply.
how so? (sorry, I'm not from Florida)
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Old 07-19-2016, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Manchester NH
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How Florida's Toxic Algae is Choking the Economy And The Environment : News : Nature World News
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Old 07-19-2016, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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but do you think it will spread to other coastal counties in the coming months? if so, California is a beach lovers best next option. Santa Cruz has a nice boardwalk and san diego has the only other (except smaller) seaworld in the US
It could spread if they keep feeding the beast. The Pacific Ocean surf in south CA hardly gets to 70.
The ocean beaches of Long Island NY are in the 80's and the beautiful FL Gulf coast beaches are fine.
NY has boardwalks as well.
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Old 07-19-2016, 05:41 PM
 
Location: Manchester NH
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It could spread if they keep feeding the beast. The Pacific Ocean surf in south CA hardly gets to 70.
The ocean beaches of Long Island NY are in the 80's and the beautiful FL Gulf coast beaches are fine.
NY has boardwalks as well.
California's Great America. After algae eats up the east coast of Florida all theme park riders will be running to California. Just to be certain, Orlando is at risk, right?
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