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Saturday, February 24, 2024

Kylie Williams

Staff Writer

Kylie Williams is a second-year journalism major and the Fall 2023 environmental enterprise reporter. Outside of the newsroom, she can be found baking or watching reality TV. 


Gambling revenue may be used for Florida’s environment under new bill

In 2021, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The compact provided the Seminole Tribe exclusive rights in running gambling activities on tribal lands. In exchange, the tribe agreed to give $2.5 billion of its revenue to the state for the first five years the compact is in place.  Under SB 1638, 96% of these annual funds would go to Florida’s environmental resources. 


The manatee may re-enter endangered species list after population decline

Florida’s manatee population has struggled over the past few years, leading many petitioners to call for its re-entry to the endangered species list. In 2017, the manatee was reclassified from “endangered” to “threatened” by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Save the Manatee Club filed a joint petition in 2022 to put the Florida manatee back on the endangered species list. 


North central Florida farmers, experts find new ways to combat citrus greening

Huanglongbing, or citrus greening disease, has ravaged the citrus industry in Florida over the past two decades. Since the disease was first detected in 2005, it has reduced citrus production by over 75% and cost the industry billions of dollars in lost revenue.  Researchers have studied the disease for decades but have yet to find a lasting solution to citrus greening. 

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