Florida Brownfields Program Facilitates Economic Growth

Aug. 12, 2014 This week, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection released its Florida Brownfield Redevelopment Program Annual Report for fiscal year 2013 -14, which highlights job creation efforts and estimates new capital investment of $194 million in calendar year 2013. The annual report is submitted to the Governor, Florida Senate President and Florida Speaker […]

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Gov. Scott Surpasses $100 Million in Springs Projects

Aug. 8, 2014 Today the Florida Department of Environmental Protection proposed $69 million in springs projects leveraged by the $30 million Governor Scott secured in the “It’s Your Money Tax Cut Budget” to bring the total invested in springs projects to more than $100 million in the last two years. During this year alone, DEP […]

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DEP Recognizes the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa for Outstanding Recycling Efforts

July 31, 2014 The Florida Department of Environmental Protection recognized the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa today for its superior recycling efforts. In 2013, this world-renowned hotel achieved a recycling rate of 41.2 percent. The Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa is the first hotel to qualify for the DEP’s Recycling Recognition Program. DEP’s Deputy Secretary Cliff […]

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DEP Revokes Rolling Hills Permit and Will File Lawsuit in Escambia County

July 31, 2014 Today, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection took action by revoking the permit for the Rolling Hills Construction and Demolition Debris Disposal Facility and will file a lawsuit in Escambia County. A copy of the Notice and Order of Revocation can be found here. The Notice and Order of Revocation issued to […]

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Miami Marlins Knock Recycling Out of the Park

July 30, 2014 The Miami Marlins organization is being recognized for its impressive 54.4- percent recycling rate. Today the Florida Department of Environmental Protection recognized the team before the game. DEP’s Deputy Secretary Cliff Wilson and Director of Division of Waste Management Jorge Caspary joined Miami Marlin’s V.P. of Facilities Jeff King and Executive Vice President […]

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More Than 163 Acres of Conservation Land Donated to State of Florida

July 30, 2014 The state of Florida is accepting a major land donation from Calusa Pines Golf Club, LLC, an affiliate of Indian Hill Partners. The move will preserve wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities in Collier County. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of State Lands, acting on behalf of Governor Scott and the Board […]

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Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Making Progress

July 25, 2014 The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council has made significant progress in finalizing the processes for implementing large-scale restoration projects throughout the Gulf of Mexico. Approval of this process means council members can begin submitting projects as early as next month, with project-vetting activities taking place later this fall. The Council will invest […]

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DEP Recognizes Two Key West Business for Outstanding Recycling Efforts

July 22, 2014 The Florida Department of Environmental Protection recognized The Green Parrot bar and Blue Heaven restaurant today for their superior recycling efforts. In 2013, these Florida-based businesses each achieved a recycling rate of 59 percent. DEP’s South District Director Jon Iglehart joined the business owners and local officials to honor the companies at […]

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Governor Scott Announces Almost $16 Million Investment for Coast to Coast Connector Project

July 21, 2014 Governor Rick Scott today announced the 11 new projects that will be funded this year to help advance the Coast to Coast Connector, which will provide a safe and continuous multi-use trail from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic. The Department of Transportation will invest $15.9 million to complete 11 phases […]

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DEP Adopts Plans to Improve Water Quality for Upper Ocklawaha River

July 18, 2014 The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has adopted the second phase of a long-term restoration plan for the Upper Ocklawaha River. The restoration plan, known as a basin management action plan or BMAP, identifies strategies and projects that will be implemented over the next five years in order to improve the water […]

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DEP Revokes Dan A. Huges Company’s Permits and Files Lawsuit in Collier County

July 18, 2014 Today, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection took action by revoking all of Dan A. Hughes Company’s permits, including the Collier-Hogan well, and filing a lawsuit in Collier County. A copy of the department’s complaint can be found here and Notice of Revocation can be found here. DEP Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. […]

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Suwanne River Bounces Back from Prolonged Drought

July 18, 2014 Thanks to above-average rainfall earlier this year and ongoing conservation efforts by the Department of Environmental Protection, springs on Florida’s historic Suwannee River are bouncing back from prolonged droughts that impacted flow from 2006-2012. In fact, one 50-mile portion of the river is now receiving more than three times as much groundwater from […]

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DEP Adopts Plan to Improve Water Quality for Orange Creek Basin

July 17, 2014 The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has adopted a long-term restoration plan for Orange Creek basin. The restoration plan, known as a basin management action plan or BMAP, identifies strategies and projects that will be implemented by the department in conjunction with local governments over the next five years to improve the […]

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