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Sen. Alexander amendment alarms enviros

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 governor needs to veto this foul thing," said Charles Lee of Audubon of Florida.

The problem with SB 2080, they say, is a last-minute amendment from Sen. J.D. Alexander. The amendment hands over the power to issue state permits — for water use and for wetlands destruction — to just five people.

"They've essentially created a five-member statewide water board," said environmental attorney John Thomas, who was scrambling Friday to mobilize opponents to the bill. (story here)

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 6:01pm]


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