MARCH/APRIL 2024

Volume 46, Number 2

Have an idea for a story? Would you like to submit a column for consideration? Please, let us know. And remember to fill us in on your organization’s new people, programs, new offices, projects or technologies — anything of interest to environmental professionals working in Florida. Send to SPECIFIER PUBLISHING
LLC, P.O. Box 1857, Tallahassee, FL 32302.

Florida’s Environmental News Source of Record focused on news content of interest to the environmental community.

SPECIFIER PUBLISHING LLC

Publisher

Editor-In-Chief

Patrick Gillespie

Staff Writers

BLANCHE HARDY, PG

Senior Correspondent

LINA ALFIERI STERN

MBA, MSRED, LEED Green Associate

Contributing Writers and
Columnists

JOHN FUMERO
Nason Yeager Gerson Harris
and Fumero, P.A.

ROBERT BELTRAN
Dewberry

HERSCHEL VINYARD
Adams and Reese

JEFF LITTLEJOHN
Adams and Reese

JARED W. PERDUE
Florida Department of
Transportation

KEYNA CORY
Florida Recycling Partnership
Foundation

PAULINE THÉVENOT
IADYS

SEAN PARKS
Lake County Commissioner

CHRIS REED
Southwest Florida Water
Management District

RALPH DEMEO
Guilday Law

ASHLEY LANDWERLEN
FSU Law Student

BETH HICKENLOOPER
St. Johns River Water
Management District

KATHERINE MUNSON
Southwest Florida Water
Management District

FLORIDA NOTES

Florida Notes

In “Florida Notes” by The Florida Specifier, readers find a curated collection of environmental stories and insights, highlighting the challenges and triumphs within Florida’s diverse ecosystems. This section is a go-to source for those keen on understanding and preserving the Sunshine State’s natural beauty and environmental integrity.

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environmental funding

Florida Legislature Invests Billions in the Environment

Legislation by Sen. Travis Hutson and Rep. James Buchanan has paved the way for significant environmental funding, channeling nearly all proceeds from the 2021 Gaming Compact into eco-friendly projects. Their initiative marks a pivotal shift in funding priorities, with the environment emerging as a primary beneficiary.

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Key Policy Items That Got Across the Legislative Finish Line

The Florida Legislature recently concluded its 60-day session, passing several bills focused on environmental improvement and regulation. Governor Ron DeSantis now has the option to sign or veto these bills, including ones related to stormwater management, aquatic vessel operation, water well regulation, and mitigation bank credits.

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AROUND THE GULF

Around the Gulf

Lina Alfieri Stern’s “Around the Gulf” features notable environmental advancements across the Gulf, including Chevron’s new CNG station and groundbreaking green hydrogen projects, spotlighting sustainability efforts in the region.

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Utility Fees Steadily Increasing

Florida Customers Seeing Steady Utility Fee Increases

Utility bills in Florida are on the rise, with a recent survey revealing steady increases in water and wastewater rates across the state. The Florida Water And Wastewater Rate Survey by Raftelis shows annual hikes in average monthly bills for both typical and large-use benchmarks since 2014, highlighting the growing financial burden on residents.

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SEPTIC TANK PROBLEM

Solving Floridas’s Septic Tank Problem With Zero Upfront Costs

Florida’s water bodies are facing a critical challenge due to nutrient overload from septic tanks, leading to harmful algal blooms and eutrophication. This issue is exacerbated by the state’s rapid population growth and the inability of conventional septic systems to remove nitrogen and phosphorus effectively. The resulting environmental impact affects water safety and aesthetics, with significant repercussions for local wildlife, human health, and the economy.

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In Other News

In Other News

“In Other News” spotlights key environmental efforts in Florida, including a $1M contribution to land conservation, new grant programs, and critical habitat protection, underscoring the state’s dedication to environmental preservation and sustainability.

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MARCH/APRIL 2024

Volume 46, Number 2

Have an idea for a story? Would you like to submit a column for consideration? Please, let us know. And remember to fill us in on your organization’s new people, programs, new offices, projects or technologies — anything of interest to environmental professionals working in Florida. Send to SPECIFIER PUBLISHING
LLC, P.O. Box 1857, Tallahassee, FL 32302.

Florida’s Environmental News Source of Record focused on news content of interest to the environmental community.

SPECIFIER PUBLISHING LLC

Publisher

Editor-In-Chief

Patrick Gillespie

Staff Writers

BLANCHE HARDY, PG

Senior Correspondent

LINA ALFIERI STERN

MBA, MSRED, LEED Green Associate

Contributing Writers and
Columnists

JOHN FUMERO
Nason Yeager Gerson Harris
and Fumero, P.A.

ROBERT BELTRAN
Dewberry

HERSCHEL VINYARD
Adams and Reese

JEFF LITTLEJOHN
Adams and Reese

JARED W. PERDUE
Florida Department of
Transportation

KEYNA CORY
Florida Recycling Partnership
Foundation

PAULINE THÉVENOT
IADYS

SEAN PARKS
Lake County Commissioner

CHRIS REED
Southwest Florida Water
Management District

RALPH DEMEO
Guilday Law

ASHLEY LANDWERLEN
FSU Law Student

BETH HICKENLOOPER
St. Johns River Water
Management District

KATHERINE MUNSON
Southwest Florida Water
Management District