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  1. Lake Okeechobee: fouled for decadesRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Aug 20 | St. Petersburg Times

    For all the things that change in South Florida - the skyline, the swelling population, sea level - one thing has remained remarkably constant: pollution in Lake Okeechobee. In 1985, 500 metric tons of phosphorus flowed into the lake.

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  2. Editorial: A promising land-buying idea for Everglades cleanupRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Aug 12 | St. Petersburg Times

    There always has been one essential element for any Everglades cleanup plan: buying farmland near Lake Okeechobee to clean the water and move it south. There always has been one essential element for any Everglades cleanup plan: buying farmland near Lake Okeechobee to clean the water and move it south.

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  3. March column: Negron's proposal puts locals in touchy positionsRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Aug 12 | St. Petersburg Times

    A few local legislators find themselves in touchy positions with a proposal by incoming state Senate President Joe Negron to spend $2.4 billion buying land south of the Everglades for water storage and cleaning. First, there's Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, who as incoming Senate appropriations chairman would have to find the money.

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  4. GOP lawmaker calls for buying up sugar land to clean EvergladesRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Aug 9 | St. Petersburg Times

    In what environmentalists are calling a breakthrough in Everglades restoration efforts, incoming Senate President Joe Negron leapfrogged over agricultural industry opposition and on Tuesday called for $2.4 billion in state and federal spending to buy sugar land to store water south of Lake Okeechobee and repair the fragile Everglades ecosystem. For the past 16 years, environmentalists have pursued the idea to store and clean phosphorus-laden water before releasing it into Everglades National Park, but efforts to buy the land needed for the storage have been sidelined in the face of agriculture and sugar-industry opposition.

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  5. Report: half of Florida lakes have elevated algaeRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Aug 6 | St. Petersburg Times

    The Coast Guard reported in a news release Saturday that the migrants were caught in the Florida Straits on seven separate occasions. Officials say they were trying to reach the United States, where Cubans who make it ashore are usually allowed to stay permanently.

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  6. Two Florida panthers found dead on same dayRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Aug 6 | St. Petersburg Times

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reports that a 10-year-old male panther was found dead Friday from an unknown cause on private property in Hendry County. A 4-year-old female was found dead the same day in Collier County, where it was apparently hit by a vehicle.

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  7. Sunday's letters: Candidate with record of successRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 17, 2016 | St. Petersburg Times

    This letter sums it up. The typical politicians have done nothing positive; the unconventional Donald Trump is an obvious alternative.

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  8. Column: North Florida vies with South Florida to be most polluted regionRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 21, 2016 | St. Petersburg Times

    South Florida's guacamole-filled coastal waters are finally receiving the state and national press they deserve given the environmental disaster that has continued to engulf the estuaries and beaches on both sides of the state. Toxic floating algae and rafts of dead fish continue to slime the once-blue waters and white sandy beaches thanks to on-going releases of nutrient-laden water from Lake Okeechobee.

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  9. Tampa Bay's historic cleanup could serve as blueprint for Lake Okeechobee crisisRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 18, 2016 | St. Petersburg Times

    The Hillsborough Bay near Gibsonton, shown here in 1970 covered in thick, blue green algae similar to what many residents of southeast Florida are seeing today around Lake Okeechobee. Photo courtesy of J.O.R. Johannson The putrid, rotten-egg smell that has plagued Lake Okeechobee's neighbors is the same odor Rick Garrity remembers gagging on when he moved to Tampa in 1977.

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  10. Tuesday's letters: Ginsburg's not the only political justiceRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 14, 2016 | St. Petersburg Times

    This lead editorial regarding Justice Ruth Ginsburg was truly confounding. I have always been a loyal Times reader, but lately the Times has shown it is a follower and not a leader when it comes to political media coverage.

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  11. It's our water, and we need to take ownershipRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 15, 2016 | St. Petersburg Times

    And so it has come to this. What was once Florida's family secret is now in full view for all the world to see.

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  12. Kite-Powell: Clerk's daybook dating from 1837 provides incredible insightRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 15, 2016 | St. Petersburg Times

    On July 18, 1837, James Lynch, the clerk of the county court for Hillsborough County, started what to him may have been the ordinary task of opening a new ledger book to begin filling up its pages. Now, 179 years later, that task and that ledger book are far from ordinary.

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  13. March column: Brewer Redner will back ally Young over own dad in Senate raceRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 15, 2016 | St. Petersburg Times

    State Rep. Dana Young, R-Tampa, has a surprising ally in her state Senate race against Democrat Bob Buesing and no-party candidate Joe Redner: Redner's son and daughter-in-law, Joey and Jennifer Redner, have each given the maximum $1,000 contribution to Young's campaign. They made the contributions way before Joe Sr. got in the race.

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  14. Manatee die-off in polluted Indian River Lagoon begins anewRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 13, 2016 | St. Petersburg Times

    There is no discernible pattern to the 167 manatees killed since 2012 by whatever is in the Indian River Lagoon - the victims are calves and adults, males and females. Between 2012 to 2015, state officials said 158 manatees died in Florida's Indian River Lagoon, once known as the most diverse ecosystem in America.

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  15. Carl Hiaasen: Enjoy your vacation on Playa GuacamoleRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 12, 2016 | St. Petersburg Times

    Foul-smelling algae slops along the shore of the St. Lucie River in Stuart. The bloom has slimed Florida beaches on both coastlines.

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  16. Sugar's decades-long hold over Florida Everglades came with a priceRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 11, 2016 | St. Petersburg Times

    Fifteen years after Jeb Bush and Bill Clinton reached a landmark accord to revive the Everglades, billions of dollars have been spent but not much marsh has been restored, and the River of Grass continues to cycle through the same familiar struggles. Disastrous algae blooms foul coastal estuaries.

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  17. Editorial: Real solutions for ending algae bloomsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 8, 2016 | St. Petersburg Times

    Gov. Rick Scott is once again shifting blame, misidentifying the problem and proposing the wrong solution for the massive algae bloom that is coating beaches and making Florida look like the wrong place to spend a summer vacation. Gov. Rick Scott is once again shifting blame, misidentifying the problem and proposing the wrong solution for the massive algae bloom that is coating beaches and making Florida look like the wrong place to spend a summer vacation.

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  18. Column: Corps of Engineers working on Okeechobee issuesRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 7, 2016 | St. Petersburg Times

    Water. In South Florida, we either have too much or too little. For most of 2016, heavy rains fueled by El Nio mean we've had too much.

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  19. Dockery: Algae blooms reflect negligence of Florida leadersRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 7, 2016 | St. Petersburg Times

    At election time, political candidates often tout our beautiful natural resources, but their actions in office belie their concern - until disaster strikes. This time it's slimy green algae blooms coating our waters in the St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon.

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  20. Friday's letters: Poor get played as political pawnsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 2, 2016 | St. Petersburg Times

    What struck me most in this article was the attitude of the people overseeing the project. I read it as, "It's not as rotten and run-down as it used to be; they have fewer rats; so why are they complaining?" Projects like these get money up front, and continuous preventive maintenance is expensive, so the only reaction comes when things get really bad.

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