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It's Getting Deeper and More Malodorous

Last week, I wrote a column explaining how the county’s expensive, tax-payer-funded PR machine was attempting to mislead the public regarding the county commission’s most recent giveaway …

The Probability and Effects of Sea-Level Rise

Sarasota County is in the process of studying the impacts of sea-level rise and is planning to produce a flooding-vulnerability assessment for the county. ManaSota-88 recommends the following be …

For years, human-induced climate change has been a controversial topic, despite heaps of scientific evidence proving its existence. In the past, climate change deniers have used the rhetoric of …

This week, Manatee County’s propaganda department lauded its developer-funded lackeys for “proposing an impact fee increase.” Let’s take a closer look at what actually …

100 Days Until Hurricane Season

The 2024 Statewide Emergency Shelter Plan confirms what we already know: Southwest Florida is deficient in hurricane shelters, and it is projected to remain deficient until at least 2029.  The …

EarthTalk: Philanthro-Activism?

Philanthro-activism, which combines philanthropy (donating money) and activism, could be an important part of solving the climate crisis. In 2020, less than two percent of philanthropic capital was …

Our Fiscal Conservatives are at it Again

This week, Manatee County Commissioners moved forward with a painfully vague plan to spend tens of millions of dollars developing a “Veterans Memorial Park” in a remote area of north …

Debarment & Corporate Crime

Our county governments should not do business with criminals. Corporate crime costs all of us money through higher taxes and prices. Corporate crime insults community ethics.  The  Manatee …

Biosphere 2 project began in 1984, led by John Allen who called it “The Human Experiment.” The project sent eight explorers, or “biospherians,” to live in a sealed ecosystem …

This plot line could have come from one of Charles Dickens’ novels about upper-class depravity: “Miserly governors refuse to provide gruel for poverty-stricken ragamuffins.”

The Demise of Mangroves

The recent removal of mangroves to build a seawall clearly demonstrates serious flaws in Florida’s Mangrove Protection Act.   The Florida Department of Environmental Protection …

Last week, in a fine piece of investigative journalism, TBT ’s Dawn Kitterman detailed blatant favoritism by high-ranking county officials towards a developer who has sponsored the entire …

Solid-state batteries have emerged as a promising technological advancement that could potentially revolutionize the EV industry. As concerns about climate change intensify, there is a growing need …

You Don't Put Silk on a Sow

This week, rumors swirled that a certain developer and his political henchman were in Tallahassee lobbying the governor to appoint Manatee County Commissioner James Satcher as Supervisor of Elections …

Natural pest control has become increasingly popular given the slew of health and effectiveness issues with conventional pesticides derived from synthetic chemicals. Since synthetic pesticides became …

Polling showing that Americans under 30 have expressed an ideological shift along gender lines—with males skewing hard to the right while females skewed hard to the left—has received much …

From the Gutter to the Sewer

Just when you think Manatee County Government and its board of developer-bought-and-paid-for commissioners cannot get any lower than the gutter they’ve been inhabiting, they tunnel themselves …

Do Developers Love Hurricanes?

State and local politicians have made it very easy to rebuild after hurricane damage so the same historic land development mistakes can be repeated after a storm has passed. Developers have had vast …

EarthTalk: Compostable Plastic?

In recent years there has been a global movement to pressure corporations into becoming more eco-friendly. One of the most frequent measures taken by these companies is limiting the use of single-use …

1000 Friends of Florida Legislative Alert

We could use your advocacy to help advance several good bills and stop a bad one scheduled for a hearing next week. Urge key legislators to advance good bills and stop a bad one.

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