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Red Tide Robs Restoration Efforts

Red tide may occur naturally in the Gulf of Mexico, but its intensification and devastation are preventable. Voters have asked their elected leaders to stop pollution, but lawmakers have failed Florida. Voters have also asked their lawmakers to reduce carbon emissions, but again, they have refused to act. The consequences

Mobilizing Water Warriors

Floridians want healthy beaches and clean water. But right now, Florida is sick. The cause: red tide. Hundreds of manatees have died of starvation, tons of dead fish are flooding our waterways, and sharks have attempted to escape red tide by swimming into our canals. While red tide is natural,

TECO Doesn’t Deserve a Raise. Speak up!

The Tampa Electric Company is attempting to raise rates on customers by a full 19%, one of the biggest rate increases in Florida history. The company is attempting to raise rates in order to fund a new natural gas unit at the Big Bend powerplant, new transmission infrastructure, efforts to

Florida Voters Want Conservation

Floridians love their land and water. Conservation Voters want lawmakers to protect natural areas and the benefits they provide. Time and time again, Florida voters have approved conservation measures at the national, state, and local levels. And we need that patchwork of programs to save natural Florida.   Action starts with

Democracy for Youth

Youth inspire me. Their energy gives me hope for the future, and educating them is critical to building a better world for all to share. Florida's youth are a growing voting block. When they turn 18, they'll be given the power to vote, but often, society doesn't place value or

Save Florida’s Coral Reefs

Happy Coral Reef Awareness Week!  The waters that surround the Florida Keys are magical. From the shallow, aquamarine seagrass flats to the deep, cerulean ocean offshore, life abounds. But the gem of the Florida Keys lies just below the surface: our coral reef.  I remember snorkeling at John Pennekamp as

Black and Brown Communities Need More Parks – 30×30 Can Help

Florida is America’s playground. Beyond Mickey Mouse, we are home to stunning beaches, breathtaking springs, luscious forests, and bountiful wildlife. But to keep Florida beautiful, we need to conserve more of our land and water and make it accessible to people. President Joe Biden and states across our great nation

Climate Change Harms Sharks

Sharks are really neat creatures. And although they are stereotyped as dangerous or scary (queue Jaws theme music), they are also incredibly vulnerable. The University of Miami’s Shark Research & Conservation Program has found that climate change will be particularly challenging for highly mobile marine mammals, including sharks. Because their

Chispa Florida Hires Four New Organizers in Orlando, Tampa

Bethzaida Patterson Bethzaida Patterson is one of FCV’s Chispa Florida’s new community organizers for the Tampa Bay area. Bethzaida was born and raised in the city of Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Since an early age she has been involved in grassroots advocacy through organizations such as the League of United Latin