Wekiva protest decries hunting, timber, cattle in parks

Wekiva protest decries hunting, timber, cattle in parks

Saturday’s protest at Wekiwa Springs State Park calls for greater protection of land, water and wildlife at state parks. Dozens of protesters at Wekiva Springs State Park Saturday decried moves by state officials to extract profits from parks by opening them to logging, grazing, hunting and other for-profit activities. […] Click here to view original […]

Letter: State lands bills stink

Added by Protect Paynes Prairie For those of you who are interested in the details of SB1290. It will be heard soon by the Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government. Ask them to oppose it. Chair: Senator Alan Hays (R) (850) 487-5011, Vice Chair: Senator Oscar Braynon, II (D) (850) 487-5036, Senator Thad Altman (R) (850) […]

Have a Heart, Save our State Parks

The Sierra Club has organized simultaneous rallies across Florida to publicize and oppose state efforts to create profit centers from our State Parks, including timbering, hunting, gas and oil of wells, cattle grazing and more. We’ll have a Potluck Lunch, bring your favorite food and share. with speakers and […] Click here to view original […]

Lawmakers push to make local, state parks more accessible

Lawmakers push to make local, state parks more accessible

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – It’s not all fun and games when it comes to local and state park policy in Florida’s Capitol. Some lawmakers want to make them more accessible at a local level, while state officials are trying to figure out how to get state parks to make more […] Click here to view original […]

Florida State Parks should remain natural and protected

Florida State Parks are special places for many reasons. You would think Gov. Scott and Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Jon Steverson would protect them, but instead theyâre trying to change them.State parks are among the few remaining places you can experience Floridaâs rapidly vanishing unexploited natural areas. For […] Click here to view original […]

Senate signs off on new DEP secretary

TALLAHASSEE — The Senate confirmed Gov. Rick Scott’s environmental secretary this week after Democrats argued the Florida Department of Environmental Protection isn’t following its “core mission.” The 29-8 vote allows department Secretary Jon Steverson to retain the $150,000 a-year position. Steverson was initially appointed in December 2014 but was […] Click here to view original […]

Florida Senate signs off on DEP secretary

Florida Senate signs off on DEP secretary

TALLAHASSEE — The Senate confirmed Gov. Rick Scott’s environmental secretary Thursday after Democrats argued the Florida Department of Environmental Protection isn’t following its “core mission.” The 29-8 vote allows department Secretary Jon Steverson to retain the $150,000 a-year position. Steverson was initially appointed in December 2014 but was forced […] Click here to view original […]

Editorial: Parks chief’s reckless plan

Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Jon Steverson should have gotten the message about allowing more grazing, hunting and logging in state parks. Steverson has heard opposition to the plan from state lawmakers, members of the Florida Cabinet and the general public. About 300 people rallied Saturday to our […] Click here to view original […]

Senate Confirms DEP Secretary Jon Steverson

Senate Confirms DEP Secretary Jon Steverson

Secretary Jon Steverson gained confirmation in the Senate Thursday. The Florida Senate confirmed a raft of agency heads during its last floor session. Most passed without comment, but one secretary raised opposition among Democrats. At the outset of Thursday’s Senate floor session, lawmakers took up a long list of […] Click here to view original […]

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 […]