Letters to the editor for Jan. 28, 2016

The Protect Paynes Prairie Coalition thanks the hundreds of local citizens who attended last Saturday’s Save Our State Parks rally and marched on behalf of the parks. The large, enthusiastic turnout sent a clear message to Tallahassee, including the governor and the Department of Environmental Protection: We do not want our beloved, prize-winning state parks […]

Supporters rally Saturday to protect Paynes Prairie

Supporters rally Saturday to protect Paynes Prairie

Aaron Albright / Alligator Staff Hundreds of people gathered Saturday to protect Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. The Paynes Prairie Coalition organized a rally at First Magnitude Brewing Company, followed by a 1-mile march that started at the brewery and ended at the corner of Main Street and University Avenue. At the rally, local folk […]

Hundreds Protest Proposed Plan to Allow Commercial Activity in Florida State Parks

Hundreds Protest Proposed Plan to Allow Commercial Activity in Florida State Parks

Protect Paynes Prairie Coalition, a group of concerned local citizens, sponsored a march that went from First Magnitude Brewery north to University Avenue, choosing a high-profile drag in Gainesville to bring attention to a Florida Department of Environmental Protection proposal.The FDEP drafted a strategic plan last year that could potentially open state parks to commercial […]

DEP Secretary hearing, send this email

Cut and paste to stop Steverson’s plan to add hunting, grazing, logging and other multi-use activities to our parks. Thank you Dana Bryan for writing this. To: “Braynon, Oscar” <Braynon.oscar.web@flsenate.gov>, “Clemens, Jeff” <Clemens.jeff.web@flsenate.gov>, “Flores, Anitere” <flores.anitere.web@flsenate.gov>, “Gaetz, Don” <Gaetz.don.web@flsenate.gov>, “Hays, Alan” <hays.alan.web@flsenate.gov>, “Legg, John” <Legg.john.web@flsenate.gov>, “Negron, Joe” <Negron.joe.web@flsenate.gov>, “RICHTER., GARRETT” <RICHTER.GARRETT.WEB@flsenate.gov> Subject: DEP Secretary hearing […]

Jono Miller: DEP still trying to commercialize state parks

Jono Miller: DEP still trying to commercialize state parks

Herald-Tribune readers awoke on Christmas to find a present headlining the local section: a news story announcing that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection had decided it has no plans to put cows in Myakka River State Park. The alarmingly qualified (“at this time”) statement came with no explanation regarding the agency’s 180-degree pivot. It […]

Hunting, grazing, logging at Florida state parks? 2016 fight looms

Hunting, grazing, logging at Florida state parks? 2016 fight looms

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Rick Scott’s bottom-line focus on state government is stirring environmentalists across Florida wary of the upcoming legislative session and another wave of efforts to make state parks help pay for themselves. Scott’s Department of Environmental Protection chief, Jon Steverson, sparked a firestorm of opposition earlier this year by discussing park management plans […]

Real name of state DEP: Don’t Expect Protection – Sun Sentinel

Photo: Florida Gov. Rick Scott (Bob Self / AP) Dec. 11, 2015 In recent years, the Florida Senate has offered the only semi-reliable hope for pushback against the policies of a governor who seemingly cares little about this state aside from the unemployment rate and how that makes him look. When it comes to protecting Florida’s […]

Tallahassee needs a walk in the woods before sullying state parks

Should Rick Scott want to quietly contemplate his recent ranking as one of America’s least-liked governors, he could always take a walk in a park. One of Florida’s award-winning state parks, perhaps. Gov. Not-From-Here could kayak a shoreline or traipse a boardwalk through a hammock, maybe spotting a scrub jay here, a black racer snaking […]

Governor, lay off Florida’s state parks

Gov. Rick Scott, on behalf of the millions of Floridians and tourists who enjoy our award-winning state parks, I have a message for you: Lay off them. They are not for profit, nor for plunder. Few truly believed that you would be an environmental leader, like most of your predecessors both Republican and Democrat, but […]

Bill would waive Florida state park fees for an entire year

Bill would waive Florida state park fees for an entire year

TALLAHASSEE — Florida is home to some of the nation’s most acclaimed state parks. From beaches to forests, they offer something for everyone. But exploring the parks isn’t free. Admission to the state parks range from $1 to $10 per person, but under new legislation, those fees could disappear for an entire year. A new […]