Going green

  1. Oil company drilling in sanctuary fined $25,000 for violation that could be fracking

    Water

    The Texas company that stirred controversy by applying to drill for oil in Florida panther habitat was doing more with one of its wells than what its state permit allowed.

  2. Tampa businesses recognized for sustainability

    Environment

    TAMPA

    Oyster shells from Anise Gastro Global Bar, once destined for a landfill, have gone back underwater to provide homes for new oysters. • The bar also put up a vertical garden earlier this month. • At Moxies Cafe, a spoon-washing station, its water constantly running, is gone. Now baristas use a …

    At home, Pham grows herbs, sugarcane, lemons and limes, which she incorporates into dishes at Bamboozle. 
  3. Argentine tegu — a large, nonnative lizard — has growing presence in Hillsborough

    Wildlife

    RIVERVIEW — Jimmy Doane did a doubletake the first time he saw the giant lizard ambling nearby.

    “I’ve seen reports that they are taking over,” says Gary Morse. “That’s not true. They are there. They are a concern.” He says tegus are problems because they eat native plants and animals.
  4. Florida wildlife commissioners limit harvest of sea cucumbers

    Wildlife

    Two months after they postponed a decision to regulate the harvest of one of Florida's ugliest sea creatures, state wildlife commissioners voted Wednesday to limit how many sea cucumbers can be collected.

  5. After attack, wildlife officials kill 5 bears in Florida

    Wildlife

    LAKE MARY — After a bear mauled a woman in the driveway of her suburban Central Florida home, wildlife officials said Monday that they had killed five of the animals, who have become dangerously accustomed to humans.

  6. Florida senators moving on bill to protect springs, but House efforts stall

    Water

    With the legislative session more than half over, lawmakers in the House and Senate remain at odds over what to do — if anything — to fix Florida's ailing springs.

    Because many of Florida’s springs are major tourist draws, such as Silver Springs, their environmental woes have an economic impact on their nearby communities. Bills in the Florida Senate and House say that “the Legislature finds that springs are a unique part of this state’s scenic beauty, deserving the highest level of protection.”
  7. 'Dive Against Debris' betters Tampa Bay

    Environment

    Volunteers worked to clean up Tampa Bay during the "Dive Against Debris" cleanup event sponsored by the Tampa Bay Green Consortium in support of Great American Cleanup 2014 at Ballast Point Park and Pier on Saturday in Tampa.

  8. Reflecting on nature

    Wetlands

    SKIP O'ROURKE | Times

    Cypress trees and Spanish moss are reflected in the waters of a cypress dome in Lake Frances Nature Preserve at Odessa, where an event Friday marked the 25th anniversary of the Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program. ELAPP is a taxpayer funded conservation program in …

  9. Dr. Beach visits Fort De Soto's beaches, talks about his annual rankings

    Environment

    Barefoot, of course, the man who has for two decades told us which beach is best stood on the soft white sands of Fort De Soto Park and explained to five TV cameras how it all works.

    "Scientifically," he told them.

    Professor Stephen Leatherman, center, a.k.a. Dr. Beach, takes researchers and geographers on a tour of Fort De Soto beach.
  10. Hernando shouldn't bank on rock mining for its economic future

    Environment

    The tall berms that hide rock mining in Hernando County, a government-imposed regulation, actually do the mines a big favor: Very few people see how bad they really are.

    Mexican company Cemex, which has a plant in south Brooksville, wants to conduct rock mining on land west of Brooksville, but mining isn’t a big source of jobs for the community anymore. The industry employs 69 people in Hernando, according to most recent statistics available from the state Department of Economic Opportunity. A meeting Wednesday will discuss the proposed mine.