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Florida Governor Declares February Hiking Trails Month

Article: Florida Governor Declares February Hiking Trails Month

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, February 5, 2009 (ENS) – Florida Governor Charlie Crist has proclaimed February to be Florida Hiking Trails Month to celebrate the more than 2,500 miles of hiking trails on the state’s public lands. The weather is mild, hurricane season is months away, and paved rail-trails, urban trails through cityscapes and wilderness trails criss-cross…

Record Atlantic Hurricane Season Ends, Time to Plan for 2009

Article: Record Atlantic Hurricane Season Ends, Time to Plan for 2009

MIAMI, Florida, November 28, 2008 (ENS) – The 2008 Atlantic hurricane season officially closes on Sunday, with a warning from Florida Governor Charlie Crist and state emergency officials to begin planning year-round for emergencies and natural disasters, especially hurricanes. “We welcome the close of this busy season that has touched the lives of so many…

Florida Forever Acquisition Protects Fresh, Pure Spring

Article: Florida Forever Acquisition Protects Fresh, Pure Spring

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, November 20, 2008 (ENS) – Governor Charlie Crist and Cabinet today approved the purchase of 54.74 acres of land bordering the Natural Bridge Historic State Park in Leon County about 10 miles south of Tallahassee. This Florida Forever purchase protects Natural Bridge Springs – one of Florida’s 33 First Magnitude Springs – those…

Florida Voters Lift Property Taxes for Conservation Lands

Article: Florida Voters Lift Property Taxes for Conservation Lands

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, November 6, 2008 (ENS) – Florida voters Tuesday approved an amendment to the Florida Constitution that will require the state legislature to exempt land that is permanently set aside for conservation from all property taxes. The tax exemption will apply to property taxes beginning in 2010. Known as Amendment 4, the measure was…

Florida's Tri-Rail Trains to Run On Biodiesel Fuel

Article: Florida's Tri-Rail Trains to Run On Biodiesel Fuel

POMPANO BEACH, Florida, October 30, 2008 (ENS) – From now on, Tri-Rail commuter trains will operate on biodiesel fuel, the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority announced today. The goal is to operate the trains on a 99 percent biodiesel blend, when available. Tri-Rail is one of the few commuter rail systems in the country that…

Hurricane Ike Rampages Across Cuba, Threatens Gulf Coast

Article: Hurricane Ike Rampages Across Cuba, Threatens Gulf Coast

MIAMI, Florida, September 8, 2008 (ENS) – The state of Florida has received an emergency declaration to assist Monroe County which is currently evacuating residents from the Florida Keys in advance of Hurricane Ike, Governor Charlie Crist announced today. “Florida is facing a dangerous threat from Hurricane Ike,” said Governor Crist. “We remain grateful to…

Florida's Environment Agency Makes Do With Smaller Budget

Article: Florida's Environment Agency Makes Do With Smaller Budget

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, June 11, 2008 (ENS) – Governor Charlie Crist Wednesday signed into law a stripped down $66 billion budget that provides just $2 billion to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, DEP, to preserve and enhance the state’s land and water resources. Florida’s environmental programs have lost roughly one billion dollars per year over…

Florida Governor Declares Fire Emergency

Article: Florida Governor Declares Fire Emergency

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, May 12, 2008 (ENS) – Florida Governor Charlie Crist today declared a state of emergency as firefighters in Brevard and Volusia counties continued to battle at least a dozen separate brush fires on Florida’s central Atlantic coast fanned by high winds and dry conditions. Authorities believe many of the fires were deliberately set.…

Florida Forever Funding Approved Unanimously

Article: Florida Forever Funding Approved Unanimously

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, May 5, 2008 (ENS) – Environmental groups throughout the state are delighted with the approval of funding for the land acquisition and protection program Florida Forever – or at least for the next 10 years. Although the Florida budget is tight this year, the Florida House of Representatives passed the bill unanimously today,…

Florida Renewables Key to 2008 Climate Summit

Article: Florida Renewables Key to 2008 Climate Summit

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, April 30, 2008 (ENS) – Florida Governor Charlie Crist today announced the 2008 Serve to Preserve Florida Summit on Global Climate Change. This is the second such summit convened by the governor, who says that since last year’s summit, Florida’s “green” economy has grown. “Florida’s businesses continue to demonstrate that there is gold…

Florida Asks Citizens to Report Environmental Crime

Article: Florida Asks Citizens to Report Environmental Crime

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, april 14, 2008 (ENS) – Public outreach and education will help increase awareness of environmental crimes, and when people are aware of such crimes, they will report them to law enforcement authorities, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, DEP. The state agency intends to encourage this type of reporting by participating…

Florida’s Largest Solar Power Array Dedicated in Sarasota

Article: Florida’s Largest Solar Power Array Dedicated in Sarasota

SARASOTA, Florida, February 13, 2008 (ENS) – The newest and largest solar power facility in sunny Florida was switched on Monday at Rothenbach Park in Sarasota County. The site is located on a former landfill that was closed in 1998 and is owned by the county. Governor Charlie Crist joined Florida Power & Light president…

Florida Stakeholders to Advise Energy and Climate Change Team

Article: Florida Stakeholders to Advise Energy and Climate Change Team

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, February 2, 2008 (ENS) – A team charged with developing a plan to achieve targets for statewide greenhouse gas reductions for Florida convened Friday to begin developing Phase Two of the plan with the help of stakeholders arrayed in six technical work groups. The Phase One report and recommendations were delivered to Governor…

Everglades Restoration Gains Urgency as Climate Warms

Article: Everglades Restoration Gains Urgency as Climate Warms

CAPTIVA ISLAND, Florida, January 14, 2008 (ENS) – Global warming means restoration of the Everglades is more important than ever, a University of Miami expert in coastal marine environments told hundreds of conservationists, scientists and state and federal leaders at the Everglades Coalition’s annual conference on the weekend. Dr. Harold Wanless said recreating enough of…