Today, February 28, 2012, the Tampa Bay Times published an editorial on HB 599/SB 824, mitigation bills that make the Department of Transportation more likely to purchase mitigation credits from private mitigation banks than from state owned banks. The article states "This plan would make it far less likely that water management districts would receive a share of mitigation dollars — which totaled $116 million over the past four years — from the Department of Transportation. It so favors the private mitigation option that sounder environmental options stand little chance". - Read more here in Special interests trump Florida's environment in wetland bills.
Also today, the Tampa Bay Times' Craig Pittman wrote an interesting article about CS/HB 1117 and its Senate companion, SB 1456, proposed legislation that would allow ungulates such as giraffes, rhinos and elephants to graze on state lands, if passed. -Read more on about this bizarre legislation here in Florida zoos could be allowed to breed heards of giraffes, rhinos and elephants.
On February 27, 2012, The Current's Bruce Ritchie wrote an article discussing the eight day water quality hearing on a challenge filed by environmental groups against proposed DEP standards. -Read more from Hearing begins on challenge to proposed state water quality rules.