The High Cost Of Sunshine: Public Records In Florida Can Cost More Than A Year's Salary

Jenny Staletovich for WLRN writes:

Last year as the COVID-19 pandemic raced across Florida, the international nonprofit health care provider Partners In Health offered to perform contact tracing for farmworkers, an opportunity a farmworkers’ rights group in Immokalee jumped on.

The group quickly contacted state health officials to get the program running, but the state said no.

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Fort Lauderdale Hired A Nonprofit To Test Its Water. The Mayor Doesn't Want You To Know What They Found

Jenny Staletovich for WLRN writes:

After the city hired Miami Waterkeeper to test water and post its findings, Mayor Dean Trantalis threatened to fire the group over unwelcome results.

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Virginia Key beach clean up celebrates life of Juan Turro

The shores of Virginia Key were the beneficiary of a day of service on Saturday, to honor the life of Juan Turro.

When Juan, a beloved father, son and brother, died of a heart attack at age 52 late last year, his partner Yvette Betancourt struggled with how to celebrate his life in the middle of a pandemic.

Village to consider fines for violations of irrigation ordinance

Key Biscayne considering to put financial teeth to lawn care ordinances

Residential lawn fertilizers containing nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus that are believed to be the second largest source of nitrogen pollution in US waterways.

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More Florida manatees have been crushed by flood gates, contributing to a deadly year

Chris Perkins for the South Florida Sun Sentinel writes:

Florida’s manatees had an especially deadly year in 2020, marked by particularly grim incidents: flood gates closing and crushing the “gentle giants,” and even decapitating one.

Manatee deaths are common as their population increases, but the majority are caused by being struck by boats and cold-water stress.

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Chelsea Clark for The Miami Foundation writes:

Through this year’s Community Grants ‘Sustainable Environment’ category, The Miami Foundation aims to fund solutions to the environmental concerns our community faces – and in particular, those that are affecting our most vulnerable populations. Issues such as pollution and sea level rise caused by climate change affect us daily, and will continue to disproportionately impact our historically marginalized communities if we do not take clear and immediate steps towards a path of more sustainable resiliency solutions.

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Biscayne Bay finally has a chief officer. The ‘water princess’ vows to clean up pollution

Irela Bagué calls herself a “water princess” but her new job is not a fairy tale set against a shimmering turquoise blue sea. Some of the water she is working with is brown and smelly. Sometimes it’s full of dead fish.

For the first time Miami-Dade County has created a government post devoted to answering two key questions: What’s polluting Biscayne Bay and how to fix it.

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Pérez Family is giving $1.6 million to local nonprofits. Equity initiatives are key

Fort Lauderdale officials decide to continue monitoring of recreational waterways with Miami Waterkeeper

Mayor shames contractor for warning public about ‘high levels of bacteria’ in Fort Lauderdale waterways

Ian Margol for Local 10 writes:

At the beginning of the year, given all the sewage spills in Fort Lauderdale last year, the city contacted Miami Waterkeeper, a nonprofit organization, to report on the city’s recreational water quality.

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