Friends of the Everglades 50th Anniversary Event

Join us as we celebrate our 50th anniversary on April 7, 2019 – Everglades Day and Marjory’s birthday. Net proceeds from the event will support Friends’ work to carry on Marjory’s remarkable legacy of standing up to politicians and other powerful interests to defend our River of Grass. Click here for more information. Continue reading

Action Alert for Turkey Point NPDES Permit: Tell Gov Desantis No Permit to Pollute

Tell Governor DeSantis that you oppose the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) draft permit for FPL’s Turkey Point plant. If issued, this permit would allow FPL’s leaking cooling canal system to continue to pollute the Biscayne Aquifer – our drinking water resource – and allow FPL’s pollution to continue migrating into Biscayne National Park and Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary. Continue reading

Judge Refuses to End Everglades Pollution Oversight (From Bullsugar)

“No.” The last holdouts on Rick Scott’s South Florida Water Management District governing board had gone years without hearing this answer from any authority, but things in Florida are different now. On Monday US Judge Federico Moreno denied their request, made essentially on behalf of Florida sugarcane growers, to end federal water quality standards in the Everglades. Continue reading

A public comment period is now open on a draft permit to govern Turkey Point: ACTION is needed

A public comment period is now open on a draft permit to govern Turkey Point. ACTION is needed. With the issuance of this Permit, DEP is choosing to side with the corporate polluter for its short-term profits, instead of the long-term sustainability of South Florida! The public know may comment on the NPDES permit renewal at the Turkey Point nuclear plant, as advertised in the Miami Herald. As we know, regulation is meaningless unless there is enforcement and under the last administration DEP and SFWMD have been asleep at the wheel leaving only Miami Dade County to lead the regulatory battle with FPL to protect our resources.  Now to cover that fact up DEP has issued a permit that conveniently revises history for FPL who has been polluting for decades and is facing several lawsuits. On its face this permit looks good with much more detail than the current permit, but it’s another attempt by FPL through DEP to avoid responsibility to be a good corporate citizen and serve the ratepayers and protect the resources of the State. Continue reading

Hold the Line: Public Hearing for SR 836/Dolphin Expressway Extension 12.13.18

MDX will hold a public hearing for the SR 836/Dolphin Expressway Southwest Extension (Kendall Parkway) Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Study. The public hearing is being conducted to give interested parties an opportunity to express their views concerning the location, conceptual design, and social, economic and environmental effects of the proposed project.  Your participation is critical to ensure the environmental concerns are put on the record. Representatives from MDX’s project team will be available for any questions from 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM. The public hearing will start at 6:30 PM. Continue reading

Give Miami Day 2018

Friends,  Thursday November 15th, is Give Miami Day – South Florida’s biggest annual day for charitable giving. Continue reading

Now it’s up to congress… and you. (From Bullsugar)

It’s official: Congress has the legislation needed to cut off the flow of nutrient pollution and toxic blooms to our coasts. With your help, it can become law. Here's what you need to know: Continue reading

Nathaniel Reed (From eye on miami)

Nathaniel Reed, a champion of Florida's environment, passed away after an accident while fishing for salmon on a river in Canada. He was 84 and had lived a full and purpose-driven life. Continue reading

Sugar Reform Vote Just Became National News (From Bullsugar)

Welcome to the sugar policy awakening of 2018! Today's vote in the House means more than just refining an old government program. Not long ago few people paid attention to this giveaway tucked inside the Farm Bill. Today, with a chance to take a closer look at the program’s impact on the economy and the Everglades, people are suddenly making the connection: we’re paying billions to fund political influence and destroy three legendary estuaries and a National Park.   Continue reading

Ask the Planning Advisory Board to "Hold the Line" Monday, April 9th!

Friends,   Your help is urgently needed today with phone calls or emails on yet another critical issue. I know I sent out a request last night asking for your help on the JPA between the county and FP&L but, the hits, they just keep on coming. “Hold the Line”, a cause that has been championed for years, to protect critical wetlands bordering the Everglades from development and preserve the off-moved Urban Development Boundary from violation, is being challenged by a proposal to construct a toll-road expansion. Twice in the past, we have spoken out and defeated the proposed expansion of the 836 Expressway out toward the Everglades and then down south to around SW 136 Street near Miami Executive Airport (formerly called Kendall-Tamiami Airport). The expansion proposal which would violate the UDB has been resurrected and is coming up for a hearing before the County Planning Advisory Board this coming Monday, April 9 at 9:30 a.m. at the County Commission Chambers. The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX), with the assistance of Miami-Dade County making the formal request, is seeking to build the expressway expansion with the stated intention of relieving the awful traffic congestion in the Kendall area which, ironically, is so congested because of past urban sprawl. Unfortunately, the toll road through agricultural and sensitive wetland areas, will be an inducement to further urban sprawl development and not the solution to the daily traffic grind that many Kendall residents find themselves in as they head east in the morning and west in the afternoon to and from jobs in South Miami, Coral Gables, downtown Miami, and South Dade. I live in West Kendall and there is no way I am jogging west towards the Everglades and then driving north to hook up with the 836 running past MIA to get to locations reached off the U.S. 1 corridor. I already have the Florida Turnpike extension to travel northward and then east on the 836 if I am traveling to Miami Beach or north of downtown Miami. The existing 836 toll road is already congested, so I can only imagine, the dumping of more cars on the existing 836 toll road coming from the west. It will bring new meaning to arriving early at MIA for a flight. The expansion of this tollway would involve paving a 500-foot wide corridor of road on around 780 acres, of which approximately 300 acres are designated for agricultural usage and the remaining 480 acres endangered wetlands. Please see the attachments below of a map of the route, the application to amend the Comprehensive Development Master Plan and the letter from the Friends of the Everglades, written by Laura Reynolds. Please join Laura Reynolds, who is representing the Friends of the Everglades and spearheading the fight, and many other environmental activists in attending the Monday, April 9th Planning Advisory Board meeting at the Commission Chambers located at 111 NW 1st Street, Miami. We need to show up so they can see the opposition. The Planning Advisory members also need to hear the opposition, so if you are willing to speak, please fill out the speaker form when you arrive at 9 a.m. Even if you do not want to speak, you can fill out a comment card. The full Commission will be having a hearing on Tuesday, April 25 at 9:30 a.m. Please mark your calendars for that meeting as well. Mayor Carlos Gimenez is conducting a townhall on the “Kendall Parkway” on Wednesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. at John A. Ferguson High School located at 15900 SW 56th St., Miami. Please attend to participate. Please call or email the following Planning Advisory Board members today by clicking on the links below. Most members prefer email only as noted in the chart below. The name of the County Commissioner who appointed each Council member appears at the bottom of each box. Thanks for any actions you can take. Regards, Sharon Van Smith RUF Environmental Chair       Planning Advisory Board Voting Members ‐ As of January 16, 2018 Peter DiPace 7205 SW 109 TerracePinecrest, FL 33156 (305) 250‐4503   E-mail: PeterDiPace.Esq@gmail.com   (Commissioner Jordan – District 1) Prefers email for all materials   Jesus R. Vazquez NV2AGroup One Datran Center 9100 South Dadeland Blvd., Suite 1500Miami, Florida 33156 (305)  986‐6893 E‐mail:Jvazquez@NV2Agroup.com(Commissioner Souto – District 10) Prefers email for all materials   J. Wil Morris  1200 NW 78 Avenue, Suite 300 Miami, FL 33126 (305) 444-3437 Email: mailto: jwilmorrispab@gmail.com   Copy assistant Katrina: Katrinad@morrisbarrow.com (Commissioner Monestine – District 2) Tomas Rementeria 14132 SW 154 Court Homestead FL 33030 (305) 282-9358 Email: dist12pab@gmail.com       (Comm. Martinez – District 11) Vacant       (Commissioner Edmonson – District 3) Wayne Rinehart   15801 Turnberry Drive Miami Lakes, FL 33014 (305) 558‐4090 E‐mail: wrinehart@costarealty.com (Commissioner Diaz – District 12) Prefers hardcopies   Raymond Marin 20900 W. Dixie Hwy. Aventura, FL 33180 (305) 944‐7001  E‐mail: raymondm@hmdcpa.com (Commissioner Heyman – District 4) Prefers hardcopies     Richard Tapia 11380 NW 27 AvenueBuilding 2, Suite 2256 Miami, FL 33167 (305) 305‐5559  E‐mail: RTapia777@gmail.com (Commissioner Bovo – District 13)   For deliveries, pls leave package with secretary Prefers hardcopies   Jose Bared 3399 NW South River DriveMiami, FL 33142 (305) 635‐0891  E‐mail: joseb@jonesdrydock.com (Commissioner Barreiro – District 5) Prefers email for all materials   Horacio Carlos Huembes11889 SW 72nd TerraceMiami, FL 33183 (305) 661‐8181 E‐mail: hcarlos@bellsouth.net (At‐Large  Representative) Prefers hardcopies   Vacant         (Commissioner Sosa – District 6) William W. Riley, Chair1657 NW 17th Ave Miami, FL 33125 (305) 325‐1330  E‐mail: bill_riley@ibew349.org (At‐Large Representative)    Prefers hardcopies Copy his assistant, Nubia Miranda,  Nubia_Miranda@ibew349.org   Robert Ruano, Vice Chair 1544 Murcia Avenue    Coral Gables FL 33134 (305) 962‐6142 E‐mail: rjruano@ecostratas.com(Commissioner Suarez ‐ District 7) Prefers hardcopies   Georgina Santiago 7431 SW 66th StreetMiami, FL 33143 (305) 282-7675  E‐mail: gablespar@aol.com (At‐Large Representative) Prefers hardcopies   Tom Sherouse   938 Matanzas AvenueCoral Gables, FL 33146 (305) 662‐5096, E‐mail: TSherouse@gmail.com(Commissioner Levine Cava – District 8) Prefers hardcopies   Carla M. Ascencio‐Savola7410 SW 82nd Court Miami, FL 33143 305 807-5669 – Cell – STAFF ONLY (305) 598‐8244  E‐mail: savolac@yahoo.com (At‐Large  Representative) Prefers hardcopies     Perley Richardson, Jr.14122 SW 110 Ave. Miami, FL 33176                                            (786) 348‐5083, E‐mail: PRicha7902@aol.com(Commissioner Moss – District 9) Prefers hardcopies         Non‐Voting Members   Ivan Rodriguez Miami‐Dade County Public Schools1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Rm 540‐AMiami, FL 33132 (305) 995‐4501 E‐mail: irodriguez@dadeschools.net(School Board Appointee)     Prefers email for all materials   Larry Ventura  482 MSG/CEV 29350 Westover St, Bldg 232 Homestead ARB, FL 33039‐1299 (786) 415‐7163 E‐mail: lawrence.ventura@us.af.mil(Homestead Air Reserve Base Appointee) Prefers email for all materials – never hardcopies Copy his consultant, Dana Gilbert, Marstel Day, at DGilbert@Marstel-day.com     DGilbert@Marstel-day.com