Despite overwhelming public opposition, the legislature passed, and Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill to create three major new toll roads that will destroy large swaths of Florida’s last remaining rural lands, pollute waterways, and threaten endangered wildlife including the iconic Florida manatee and panther.
Earlier today, Gov. Rick Scott’s appointees to the so-called Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved a hunting season for Florida black bears, defying science, reason, and public opinion. Now, the commission is working to weaken protections for the Florida panther.