Red tide continues to afflict Florida coastline
Photo courtesy of Adriana Gavilanes In 2018, red tide affected Florida's coastline from Clearwater to Naples.

Red tide continues to afflict Florida coastline

Photo courtesy of Adriana Gavilanes In 2018, red tide affected Florida's coastline from Clearwater to Naples. Florida continues to deal with the coastal infestation known as red tide. Local, state and national initiatives have been researching and working on ways to mitigate the issue. Richard…

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Margret Good, new contender for Congress
Sofia Lombardi and Maragret Good stand together for a picture.

Margret Good, new contender for Congress

Photo courtesy of Kay MathersSofia Lombardi and Margret Good stand together for a picture. In Florida’s 16th Congressional District, the Republican party has held the congressional seat for more than a decade. Congressman Vern Buchanan has represented District 16 since 2007, and although several Democrats…

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Oil companies push for offshore drilling in Florida
photo courtesy of Public Domain Pictures Offshore drilling could potentially return to the Gulf of Mexico in or near Florida waters.

Oil companies push for offshore drilling in Florida

photo courtesy of Public Domain Pictures Offshore drilling could potentially return to the Gulf of Mexico in or near Florida waters. On Nov. 6, 2018, Floridians voted “yes” to Amendment 9 to ban offshore drilling. Despite the passage of Amendment 9 to the Florida Constitution,…

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Spanish-language ballots to be offered in Florida elections
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Spanish-language ballots to be offered in Florida elections

Governor Ron DeSantis has announced that Spanish-language ballots will be offered in all Florida counties by Aug. 1 of this year. Both Sarasota and Manatee counties have not provided Spanish-language ballots in past elections, in spite of Sarasota having over 6,000 Latinx residents, according to…

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Florida Senate legalizes gardening in private front yards
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Florida Senate legalizes gardening in private front yards

Growing fruits and vegetables in the front yard for one’s personal consumption and enjoyment is no longer prohibited in the state of Florida. New legislation, inspired by a 2017 legal dispute, recently passed in the Florida Senate in a 35-5 vote. Sen. Robert Bradley's Senate…

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SFA “Boot the Braids” at University of Florida

Every movement is born somewhere. The Student/Farmworker Alliance (SFA) was born in Feb. 2000, at the March for Dignity organized by the SFA’s longtime partner, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). The CIW is a worker-led human rights organization that is built on a foundation…

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Multimodal Biological Control makes waves in Sarasota ponds
Katrina Carlin/Catalyst The current regulation leads to many problems in the retention ponds.

Multimodal Biological Control makes waves in Sarasota ponds

Katrina Carlin/Catalyst The current regulation leads to many problems in the retention ponds. Rep. Margaret Good filed a bill on Feb. 11 that will alter the Florida landscape: House Bill (HB) 737. Ten months earlier, at the Science and Environment Council Environmental Summit held at…

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Governor Desantis reveals new state budget
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Governor Desantis reveals new state budget

Gov. Ron DeSantis released the largest proposed budget in Florida’s history in a move that highlights some of the subtle breaks between him and the Republicans in the state House of Representatives. DeSantis released his budget proposal, calling it his ‘Bold Vision For A Brighter…

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