Environmentalists urge DeSantis to declare Red Tide emergency

ST. PETERSBURG — More than two dozen environmental organizations joined calls for Gov. Ron DeSantis to declare a state of emergency for the Tampa Bay area as Red Tide continues to leave dead fish along the coast and disrupt business across the region. An executive order would help organize andContinue Reading

Ron DeSantis may try to bypass Cabinet on environmental officer pick

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday he may try to bypass Cabinet approval of his next environmental secretary to avoid a veto by top Democratic rival Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried. The decision comes after the Republican governor tried and failed to get the Legislature to end the Cabinet’s controlContinue Reading

Florida Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis, center, laughs when he is acknowledged in the Florida House on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, with other incoming members of the Florida Cabinet. From left, Agricultural Commissioner-elect Nikki Fried and Attorney General-elect Ashley Moody, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and outgoing Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Florida Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis, center, laughs when he is acknowledged in the Florida House on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, with other incoming members of the Florida Cabinet. From left, Agricultural Commissioner-elect Nikki Fried and Attorney General-elect Ashley Moody, Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis and outgoing Attorney General Pam Bondi. ScottContinue Reading