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  • Florida Legislature's $75 billion budget talks are all wet

    Florida Legislature's $75 billion budget talks are all wet
    TALLAHASSEE – Inking a $75 billion spending plan for Florida government will require some last-minute trading over wetlands, springs, Everglades, lakes and other water-related hometown projects. With legislative budget negotiators closing in on...
  • Lawmakers conclude nuts and bolts of water-wrestling

    Lawmakers conclude nuts and bolts of water-wrestling
    TALLAHASSEE – Florida lawmakers completed their wrench-work on a $75 billion budget which boosts spending on classrooms and steers $171 million into trying to clean up pollution-wrecked waterways. House and Senate budget-writers had been wrangling...
  • Lawmakers hammer out water differences at night

    Lawmakers hammer out water differences at night
    TALLAHASSEE – Lawmakers trying to divide $1.3 billion in surplus cash haggled through the weekend over hometown water and education projects, health-care needs and hundreds of other dueling spending priorities. The Republican-controlled...
  • Agriculture chief doesn't see pot as boon for Florida farmers

    Agriculture chief doesn't see pot as boon for Florida farmers
    Don't expect to see lush fields of marijuana growing in Florida, the state's agriculture chief said Wednesday, even if the state's voters authorize medical marijuana in November. "This is not a boon for Florida agriculture," Agriculture Commissioner...
  • Rainy season expected to be warmer and drier than normal

    Rainy season expected to be warmer and drier than normal
    Call it a rain delay. This year’s rainy season likely won’t begin for another week or two, or considerably later than the average start date of May 20. That’s thanks to the unusually late cold front that arrived over South Florida last...
  • Delayed Central Everglades plan getting a second chance

    Delayed Central Everglades plan getting a second chance
    An Everglades restoration plan unexpectedly sidelined last month will get a second look on May 23, federal officials announced Wednesday. The Central Everglades plan is a $2 billion project to get more Lake Okeechobee water flowing south to help...
  • Cobias biting off Pompano Beach

    Cobias biting off Pompano Beach
    Offshore fishing has been OK, but one of the bright spots this week has been the arrival of cobias. Capt. Jim Beran of the Helen S drift boat at Hillsboro Inlet Marina had three cobias caught on his Monday morning trip and four cobias landed on his...
  • State lawmakers aim cash at Everglades cleanup

    State lawmakers aim cash at Everglades cleanup
    Flush with cash in state coffers, Florida lawmakers are pouring money into cleaning the mucky, polluted waters surrounding the Everglades. But the Legislature is poised to adjourn May 2 without addressing some of the most persistent polluters of...
  • Central Florida: Home on the (saw palmetto) range

    Central Florida: Home on the (saw palmetto) range
    The announcer, mounted on a horse named Gus, said "go," and dozens of young boys and girls ran across the rodeo arena, in pursuit of a calf and the red ribbon on his tail. The first child to get a piece of the ribbon would win a prize. A giggling wedge of...
  • Negron wants state takeover of Lake O discharges

    Negron wants state takeover of Lake O discharges
    TALLAHASSEE – The chairman of a Senate panel studying the Indian River Lagoon and South Florida waters wants to strip the federal government of the power to decide when to pump polluted waters out of Lake Okeechobee. Sen. Joe Negron, the Stuart...
  • Powerful senator calls his community the 'septic system' for Orlando

    TALLAHASSEE — An influential state lawmaker says he is tired of his community being treated as the “septic tank” for Orlando and is pressing for more money to deal with damages from polluted waters flowing out of the rain-swollen Lake...