Craig Pittman, Environment, Growth and Development Reporter

Craig Pittman

Environment, Growth and Development Reporter

I’m a native Floridian whose family arrived here in 1850. I graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where my muckraking for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to label me “the most destructive force on campus.” Since then I’ve covered a variety of beats and quite a few natural disasters, including hurricanes, wildfires and the Florida Legislature. Stories I have written on environmental issues have won national awards, and "The Daily Show" once called me a "nerd" about Florida history. I’ve written four books. The most recent one,Oh, Florida! How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country, is a New York Times bestseller and won a Florida Book Awards gold medal in 2017.

Florida’s new resilience officer doesn’t shy away from saying ‘climate change’

From left: Thomas Frazer, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Julia Nesheiwat, Ph.D., Chief Resilience Officer, Executive Office of the Governor, and Noah Valenstein, Secretary, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, attend the Resilient Florida: Planning, Policy and Practice workshop on Thursday, August 8, 2019, at the University of South Florida in Tampa. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times
Julia Nesheiwat also says new restrictions on development will be needed to cope with rising sea levels

Attorney says city of Tampa can’t use reclaimed water for drinking supply

Tampa City Council member Charlie Miranda. [City of Tampa]
St. Pete Councilwoman Darden Rice says this should be ‘the nail in the coffin’ for the controversial proposal, but Tampa Councilman Charlie Miranda disagrees.

Attorney says city of Tampa can’t use reclaimed water for drinking supply

Tampa City Council member Charlie Miranda does not believe the memo ends Tampa's chances for building its controversial Tampa Augmentation Project . [JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times]
St. Pete Councilwoman Darden Rice says this should be ‘the nail in the coffin’ for the controversial proposal, but Tampa Councilman Charlie Miranda disagrees

Ross Spano complains that climate deniers like him are unfairly labeled as ‘idiots’

U.S. Rep. Ross Spano, seen here in 2017. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
In TV interview the congressman says he and his fellow climate skeptics are treated unfairly

Gators have taste for Florida Man, according to science

An alligator lays in shallow water at the western edge of Lake Maggiore, St. Petersburg, Wednesday, July 31, 2019.  Florida has compiled data on alligator bites.  SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
Gator bites have become more common as the gator population has boomed. A lot of the time, the gators aren't sure what they're biting and back off, study finds.