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  1. Florida taxpayers pay ranchers millions to hold water back from Lake Okeechobee


    For generations, Florida's farmers and ranchers have used their land to grow oranges, sugar, tomatoes and beef cattle, among other things. But now they've added a highly profitable new crop:


    The Caulkins Citrus Co. in Martin County is being paid to retain 6,780 acre-feet of water at $76 per acre-foot. By contrast, an audit found putting the water on public land instead of private would cost the taxpayers just $8 per acre-foot.
  2. Obama administration releases new fracking rules (w/video)


    The Obama administration on Friday announced for the first time regulations on the controversial practice known as fracking, which has reduced the country's dependence on foreign oil but raised fears of contamination of drinking water and other environmental risks in states where it has become common.

  3. UN warns world could have 40 percent water shortfall by 2030


    Water shortfall

    United Nations warns of 40% deficit by 2030

  4. Weeki Wachee man gets home confinement, probation for illegal sale of corals


    WEEKI WACHEE — A 58-year-old Weeki Wachee man has been sentenced to three months of home confinement and three years of probation for illegally trafficking in marine life, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida.

  5. Photo gallery: 25 great manatee photos


    Many Floridians will cheer today's report that a record number of manatees was observed in Florida last month. Tampa Bay Times photographers have been photographing these gentle …

    December 15, 2014: A manatee swims near the entrance to Three Sisters Springs on Kings Bay in Crystal River in Citrus County. To protect endangered Florida manatees from their thousands of fans, the public would be blocked from paddling into two-thirds of the popular springs from December through March, under new temporary rules proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [Douglas R. Clifford - Times]
  6. Latest manatee count breaks all-time record with more than 6,000


    Biologists tallied a record number of manatees this winter, counting more than 6,000 of them scattered around the state, according to numbers released Monday.

    A lone manatee swims in the discharge canal next to the Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center, Big Bend Power Station, Apollo Beach, Monday. State Biologists tallied a record number of manatees this winter, counting more than 6000 scattered around the State of Florida. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  7. 'Climate change' ban boosts Florida's image as the Punchline State (w/video)

    Global Warming

    There's that sound again: people around the country laughing at Florida.

    Comedy Central
  8. Pinellas shoots for Deepwater Horizon settlement money


    The proposals range from pricey to relatively cheap, flashy to nearly invisible. They include a $330,000 public boat pier, a $600,000 sewer rehab effort and a $1.5 million bike and pedestrian trail.

  9. Aquarium may dock at former cruise terminal


    ST. PETERSBURG — The Secrets of the Sea aquarium, formerly known as the Pier Aquarium, could open by October in the city's former cruise ship terminal at 250 Eighth Ave. SE.

    Secrets of the Seas aquarium that was to go in John's Pass and was the Pier Aquarium before that,  is close to leasing old cruise terminal bldg. at St. Petersburg Port.  	
  10. Water bill splits House and Senate, but for how long?

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — The House and Senate are drafting drastically different plans on how to spend Amendment 1 money that could only complicate efforts to come up with a comprehensive water policy.