Federal bureaucracy trumps science, it trumps common sense, it trumps public sentiment. Federal bureaucracy is the monster killing the Florida Everglades. I've been saying that for years. On Thursday in Fort Lauderdale at a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) meeting, the woeful state of the world's largest wetlands at the hands of the feds was made about as public and as plain as it's going to get.
You wouldn't know it by the noise over Amendment 1 this week. But there are other issues besides land for water storage roiling up Floridians who live in and around the Everglades.
Besides even Burmese pythons.
Believe it or not, the debate of the day in Glades County and neighborhoods around the Big Cypress National Preserve involves the iconic Florida panther -- the official state animal and star of Florida's fifth most popular license plate.
If you're waiting for the Florida House to hoist the white flag, pull up a comfortable chair. You'll be awhile.
The new FHIX Senate Plan is still unacceptable to the bulk of the House majority. It's still Medicaid expansion, it still doesn't address cost drivers and Speaker Steve Crisafulli still doesn't see much in it to like.
There might be 10 House Republicans feeling the heat from their purple districts -- maybe -- making a show of taking a closer look at the Senate revision. But in the end, don't expect many of these guys to vote against House resistance.
Carole designs the clothes and Charlie hustles the clientele at Goddessey Boutique, the new business venture for Florida's former first couple.
Certainly the former governor gave Goddessey a flying start.
The Crists set up shop right where they feel comfortable, right where their friends could find them, at 300 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg -- in the same space that housed Charlie Crist's campaign headquarters when he ran for U.S. Senate in 2010.
And guess who the store manager is? Why, it's Katie Bohnett, Charlie's former director of scheduling.
Good bills -- unfortunately, not all the bad ones -- died in the 2015 sine die chaos. There is one survivor that somehow lives to raise its own kind of hell.