On the Recent Everglades TV Ads in South Florida and what’s next in the Everglades Restoration

South Floridians may have noticed advertisements on TV recently sponsored by NGOs who work on Everglades Restoration. These ads are urging state lawmakers to use Amendment 1 money to buy land that will serve as a reservoir to bring water from lake Okeechobee down to the forever-water-starved Everglades. You will remember that this most recentContinue reading “On the Recent Everglades TV Ads in South Florida and what’s next in the Everglades Restoration”

An Economic and Constitutional defense of Florida’s Amendment 1

Vote Yes on Amendment 1, here’s why. Voters filling out ballots in the coming days for Florida’s November 4th election may have heard several arguments for and against Amendment 1. Many of the for arguments are environmental, and many of the against arguments are economic and legal. This blog entry provides an economic and legalContinue reading “An Economic and Constitutional defense of Florida’s Amendment 1”

Why your vote for The Palm Beach Soil and Water Conservation District really matters if you care about Florida’s reefs and coasts

I wrote this for a non-scientific audience. I am a diver, I know a lot of people who dive, and I know a lot of those people detest state level politics. I think this is a really big problem for us folks who love Florida’s coasts, its oceans, reefs, and fish. The way we look afterContinue reading “Why your vote for The Palm Beach Soil and Water Conservation District really matters if you care about Florida’s reefs and coasts”

Our Paper on Benthic Ecosystem Health and Local Marine Economies in Florida and the Gulf

Iain and I wrote a brief paper on benthic ecosystem health and the marine economy in Florida and the Gulf, and we won the $2000 EPA NARS Data prize. We used econometric methods for our analysis. The full paper will be entered in January for the main prize. Link HERE From the Press release: WASHINGTON – TodayContinue reading “Our Paper on Benthic Ecosystem Health and Local Marine Economies in Florida and the Gulf”

Oyster fisheries collapse in Florida’s Apalachicola Bay: When Ideology, not science, guides policy

The politics behind the collapse of the oyster fishery in Apalachicola Bay are impossible to ignore.  Especially given Tea Party Governor Rick Scott’s appeal to the federal government (Small Business Association or SBA) for emergency funds to bail out the communities with economies devastated by the collapse. Rick Scott has repeated the following mantra againContinue reading “Oyster fisheries collapse in Florida’s Apalachicola Bay: When Ideology, not science, guides policy”