Human Health and Safety

Florida sugar barons defiant in wake of import ban, forced labor allegations

December 1, 2022

When the U.S. government last week banned sugar imports from a top Dominican producer owned in part by the Florida-based Fanjul brothers, the company could have shown a little contrition. After all, an investigation by the U.S. Customs and Border…

Hurricane Ian supercharged our existing water problems. What now?

October 21, 2022

And now, flesh-eating bacteria. Media reports this week note that Florida has seen 65 Vibrio vulnificus so far this year; the bacteria can cause sepsis, intestinal infections and necrotizing fasciitis. It’s the highest number of cases ever recorded in Florida,…

How you can help those impacted by Hurricane Ian

September 29, 2022

Hurricane Ian was a monster, assaulting Florida’s west coast with winds of 150 mph and a cataclysmic storm surge. With rescuers struggling to reach those who tried to ride out the storm at home, we don’t yet know the human…

Natural born killers, and why you need to Vote Water

July 5, 2022

The following is a column by VoteWater Board President and Florida Sportsman Publisher Blair Wickstrom which originally appeared in the July 1 edition of Florida Sportsman Magazine. By Blair Wickstrom In the 1870s Dr. Cesare Lombroso, founder of the Italian…

Florida doesn’t have a ‘culture of clean water.’ How do we get there from here?

June 30, 2022

In Florida our iconic waters are central to our quality of life; perhaps even our culture. But we do not have a “culture of clean water.” The phrase was coined by Dr. Paul Gray of Audubon Florida, speaking at a June…

New report, same old story: Our waters are getting worse

March 29, 2022

The Clean Water Act was passed in 1972 with the goal of cleaning up our rivers, streams, lakes and more. It’s fallen almost unimaginably short. A sobering report by the nonpartisan, nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project found that nearly half the…