Florida Department of Environmental Protection

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    Deep Dredge Silt Is Killing Our Coral After All, Admit State Inspectors

    For years, Deep Dredge proponents have promised that the $220 million project wouldn't kill off Biscayne Bay wildlife. Corals would be removed from harm's way, they claimed, and water quality would be closely monitored. Like the massive dredge barges themselves, however, those promises appear to be ... More >>

  • News

    July 31, 2014
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    July 29, 2014

    Deep Dredge Critics Use Drones, Planes, and Satellites to Show Damage to Biscayne Bay

    Two years ago, environmentalists desperately tried to derail the Deep Dredge. They claimed the $2 billion plan to deepen the Port of Miami would kill wildlife in Biscayne Bay, so they sued to stop it. But when a bevy of state agencies lined up against them -- threatening dredge opponents with outrag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    Coconut Grove Playhouse Going For That Crack Den Aesthetic

    Ever since Florida's Department of Environmental Protection retook control of the shuttered Coconut Grove Playhouse last year, the storied structure has been left to rot. And until the state closes a deal with Florida International University, Miami-Dade County, and Gablestage to open a new theater ... More >>

  • News

    January 31, 2013
  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Key Biscayne Woman Accuses Miami-Dade County of Infecting Her With Poop Water

    Judi Kolson used to love paddling the waters of Biscayne Bay until a recent outing allegedly gave her a leg infection after her skin came into contact with contaminated water. Now, the breast cancer survivor from Key Biscayne won't jump back into the ocean.In an affidavit filed in Miami federal cour ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2012

    Rick Scott's Cabinet Moves to Buy Office of Critic Who Called Him "Spawn of Satan"

    ​Tallahassee lawyer Stephen R. Andrews has been a pain in Gov. Rick Scott's ass since before he took office. Before Scott won the governor's race, Andrews filed a lawsuit alleging that his ties to Solantic -- the medical firm that would reap a profit bonanza from the drug testing Scott wants to fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Miami Port Deep Dredge Gets Green Light in Tallahassee, Environmentalists Outraged

    ​Carlos Lopez-Cantera is having a helluva week in Tallahassee. On Monday, the Miami-based state rep requested an amendment to Florida law so that the City of Miami wouldn't have to pay taxes on the new Marlins Stadium parking garages -- never mind that such an exemption is probably unconstitutiona ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2011

    Environmentalists Sue to Stop Port of Miami Deep Dredge Project

    Environmentalists are suing to stop a $150 million dredging project from tearing up Biscayne BayFaced with up to two years of underwater blasting that they say will forever scar Biscayne Bay, local environmentalists played their last card yesterday to stop the Port of Miami "Deep Dredge" project: Th ... More >>

  • News

    September 29, 2011
  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Port of Miami Dredge Project: Environmentalists Plot Lawsuit

    Past dredge work near the Port of Miami​Unlike the giant, post-Panamax freighters that might never arrive, the deep dredging of the Port of Miami approaches with near certainty. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has promised funds, regulators have given a green light, and a Brazilian construction company ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    Oil Reportedly Washes Up on Key Biscayne

    ​Just a year after the BP oil disaster in the Gulf and just in time for Earth Day there are reports of oil washing up on the beach at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park in Key Biscayne. Oil has also been spotted on the shores of John U. Lloyd Beach State Park in Dania Beach.

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Naked Man Tasered After Shooting DEP Officer in the Hands

    ​A bizarre incident this morning involving a Florida Department of Environmental Protection officer and an apparently naked suspect ended up with the officer taking bullets to his hand while the au natural suspect was Tasered.

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    Sarnoff: Coconut Grove Playhouse Uses Taxpayer Money as "Band-Aid for its Failures"

    via wikkimediaLiza Minnelli performed there once upon a time.​South Florida needs some help from the Theater Gods. First, the City of Miami let a gorgeous white-pillared building called the Lyric Theater crumble to shit. Then came the curse of the Hollywood Playhouse: There were years of ownership ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2008

    Weekly News Wrap - Iowa Caucus, Kenya, E. Coli and more

    1. Obama and Huckabee win Iowa Caucus – The results have pushed Obama to the front runner for the Democratic Party and demonstrated Huckabee’s appeal to conservative Christians, who launched him to the foreground in the race. 2. Miners come to the Everglades – Several mining companies have ... More >>

  • News

    January 3, 2008

    This Land Is Their Mine

    Rock miners are prepared to dig near the Everglades.

  • News

    June 23, 2005

    Die, Weed, Die!

    An alien moth munches an invasive fern into extinction

  • News

    February 28, 2002

    Letters to the Editor

    Last week's cover illustration? Disgusting!

  • News

    June 14, 2001

    Shadow Dwellers

    Is Miami-Dade County Manager Steve Shiver a lying little weasel? Absolutely, absolutely.

  • News

    September 7, 2000

    A Hole So Foul

    Somehow no one noticed that a monstrous gash was illegally being dug into the bottom of Biscayne Bay

  • News

    August 3, 2000

    The Cheat Is On

    The Heat continues its disgusting betrayal of public trust with a nifty assist from spineless county commissioners

  • News

    March 19, 1998
  • Culture

    August 21, 1997
  • News

    March 20, 1997

    Goo Grief

    There's a million cubic yards of toxic sludge on the bottom of the Miami River and you may as well get used to it

  • News

    June 6, 1996

    The Bloom That Vexes

    In a popular Keys diving spot, marine researchers find two species of algae that tend to favor polluted waters

  • News

    February 29, 1996

    Left Out

    When Everglades National Park chief Dick Ring held a feel-good camp-out in the Dry Tortugas, he really toasted some people's marshmallows

  • News

    January 25, 1996

    Putting the Country in Country Club

    What better place than a golf course to hold an environmental conference?

  • News

    March 16, 1995

    Bad to the Bone

    It's sad when a manatee dies because of a careless boater. What took place on Watson Island went beyond sad.

  • News

    July 20, 1994

    From Sassy to Tallahassee

    A brash young environmental administrator is handed a pay cut and a ticket on a fast train out of South Florida

  • News

    May 18, 1994

    They Saw Red

    The Dade Grand Jury scrutinizes the county's environmental attitude, and the verdict isn't very verdant

  • News

    December 1, 1993

    Toxic Runways

    Years of neglect have poisoned the land and contaminated the water under Miami International Airport. Investigators are just now beginning to grasp how bad it is. It's very bad.