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Links from the Times for May 16: wetlands, J.D. Alexander, Swiftmud

Backstory: Complete coverage of Tampa Bay area's water crisis

Bill would shift power over wetlands, water permits
A bill that would make it easier to rip out thirsty sod and put in landscaping that needs less water and fertilizer might seem like something the state's environmental groups would cheer. But they don't like Senate Bill 2080, not at all. The problem: a last minute amendment by J.D. Alexander that hands power to issue state permits -- for water use and for wetlands destruction -- to just five people. | Read Alexander's amendment (PDF)

Related backstory: Dave Moore and the troubles at Swiftmud

The Buzz: Hidden agenda behind block of Swiftmud boss (April 25, 2008)

Florida Senate panel refuses to confirm Swiftmud chief (April 26, 2008)

The Buzz: Despite Senate diss, Swiftmud rehires chief  (April 29, 2008)

Backstory: Number of children zapped by stun guns while visiting Florida prison grows to 43

Corrections sergeant shocks kids (May 2, 2009)

Two more state prisons admit zapping visiting kids (May 6, 2009)

Editorial: Guards' actions shockingly bad ( May 7, 2009)

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