Bob Graham, Former U.S. Senator and Florida Governor, Dies at 87

Former Florida governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham has passed away at the age of 87. Known for his contributions to Florida politics, Graham served three terms in the Senate and opposed the Iraq invasion, setting a standard for elected officials in the state.

Florida Appeals U.S. District Court Ruling in Wetlands Permitting Fight

Florida has appealed a U.S. district judge’s decision to reject the shift of wetlands permitting authority to the state, with concerns raised by environmental and business groups. The judge found violations of the Endangered Species Act in the process, leading to the appeal process, with implications for various projects in the state’s development landscape.

Updated: Florida 404 Permitting Changes

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday along party lines that would keep the 404 permitting program with DEP. However, sources are concerned that the Senate won’t take up the House amendment (to protect Florida’s 404 Program) in the Senate version of the bill. The Governor’s office and stakeholder groups are engaged on the issue in Washington D.C.