Coral Gables Styrofoam Ban Blocked by Florida Appeals Court

In February 2016, the City of Coral Gables, in Miami-Dade, approved an ordinance to prohibit the sale and use of expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam). The city was then promptly sued by the Florida Retail Federation, a powerful lobbying group that represents Publix, Target, Walmart, and other large retailers. At the same time, Florida’s Republican-controlled legislature passed

Green Jobs

We need to recognize the opportunity that green jobs present to Florida and to the economy. Congressman Ted Deutch

This is a crime

Literally. Harassing pelicans & other wildlife is illegal in Florida. It is unfortunate that Hunter Hardesty, of Davidson, Maryland, it such a poor example of a human being that he would first lure, then JUMP ON a wild pelican for a Facebook photo op. But here he is. So let’s take a quick look at

Drill Baby Drill

The Trump administration proposes to open 25 of the 26 “offshore planning areas” to oil drilling over the next 5 years. This includes all of Florida’s coastline, including the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Straits adjacent to the Florida Keys National Marine Preserve. There is a 25-mile proposed buffer zone between the coasts and

#ShareATree with the Arbor Day Foundation & NBCUniversal

I love this idea!  #ShareATree on social media and the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with NBCUniversal, will plant 25,000 trees in hurricane-devastated areas of Texas and Florida. (What about Puerto Rico?) Spread the word to plant trees There are 4 images to choose from, each with a different fact about the benefits of trees. Share the

Vote No on Amendment 1

Did you vote “YES” for solar in August? Great! Now vote “NO” in November. What? Solar is on the ballot of November 8th, too; but this proposed amendment is not at all solar-friendly. The fact that it is backed and promoted by Duke Energy, TECO, Koch, Exxon, Gulf Power and FPL should be a huge

Coral Gables Sued Over Styrofoam Ban

Florida Retail Federation has filed suit on behalf of its members to prevent the City of Coral Gables from enforcing their expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) ban. Florida Retail Federation is a powerful lobbying group representing corporations like Publix, Target, Walmart, and Super Progreso (which owns a 7-Eleven franchise in Coral Gables). The City of Coral Gables

5 Ways Florida Celebrates World Oceans Day

On June 8th each year, we celebrate the ocean, its importance in our lives, and how we can protect it. Florida is a peninsula, surrounded on 3 sides by the ocean, so Floridians understand how important it is. A healthy world ocean is critical to our survival. Every year, World Oceans Day provides a unique