Naples Daily News – Supreme Court Ruling a Victory for Property Rights in the U.S.

Posted 06/22/2016

Private property owners in the United States won a great victory in the U.S. Supreme Court recently. The high court ruled that a private property owner may appeal to the court system the labeling of their property as “wetlands” based on the federal Clean Water Act. Yes, you heard that right. Until recently, if the …

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Florida Politics – Dan Peterson: The Growing Cost of Keeping the Lights On

Posted 06/16/2016

Much like vacations, road trips, and barbecues, summertime brings with it a seasonal spike in residential energy consumption. The Sunshine State is certainly no exception. We use plenty of power to cool our homes and charge the electronics in the hands of our children. No doubt, this very hot, energy-intensive season is a good time …

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STUDY: Solar Carve Outs in the Sunshine State — Putting Cronyism in the Florida Constitution

Posted 12/16/2015

Solar Carve Outs in the Sunshine State Putting Cronyism in the Florida Constitution By James Taylor Senior Fellow for Environment Policy, The Heartland Institute Senior Fellow, The James Madison Institute Download the study here Over the next 12 months, a battle will be waged in the Sunshine State — over the sunshine itself. Voters in …

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Sunshine State News — A Case of Property Rights: Easements and Utilities

Posted 11/02/2015

By: Dan Peterson, director of the Orlando-based Center for Property Rights at The James Madison Institute Recently, there has been discussion of legislation filed during Florida’s 2015 General Session that, at its core, protects property rights, particularly the rights that accompany easement arrangements. Property rights issues like this one can often seem complicated, but protecting them …

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Bradenton Herald — Florida Legislature appropriate in environmental funding

Posted 06/19/2015

Bradenton Herald “Florida Legislature appropriate in environmental funding” June 19, 2015 By Dan Peterson Florida lawmakers should be commended for their wise and forward-looking priorities reflected in their environmental appropriations agreed to this past weekend. They recognized the Everglades for what it is: a state treasure worthy of additional funds ($81.8 million) to enable critical …

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The Tampa Tribune — Amendment 1 and restoration: More complex than simple land acquisition

Posted 06/12/2015

The Tampa Tribune Amendment 1 and restoration: More complex than simple land acquisition June 12, 2015 By Dan Peterson During the 2015 special legislative session, a controversial topic involving Amendment 1 funding entangles a push to purchase land south of Lake Okeechobee in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA). Extreme elements of the environmental movement have …

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Issue Commentary: Priority Restoration Projects Deserve Amendment 1 Funding

Posted 06/11/2015

For decades, one of Florida’s top environmental challenges has been the restoration of the Everglades. Scientists have studied it, legislators have debated it, the state and federal governments have wrangled over funding it, and environmentalists have publicized it. One would think the problem is bigger than ever. Or, is it? Restoring the Everglades, and dealing …

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Daytona Beach News-Journal — Land buy won’t fix Everglades

Posted 06/09/2015

Daytona Beach News-Journal “Land buy won’t fix Everglades” June 9, 2015 By Dan Peterson During the 2015 special session, a controversial topic involving Amendment 1 funding entangles a push to purchase land south of Lake Okeechobee in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA). Extreme elements of the environmental movement have made it sound as though the …

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Sun Sentinel — Simple purchase won’t save the Everglades

Posted 06/08/2015

Sun Sentinel “Simple purchase won’t save the Everglades” June 8, 2015 By Dan Peterson During the 2015 special session, a controversial topic involving Amendment 1 funding entangles a push to purchase land south of Lake Okeechobee in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA). Extreme elements of the environmental movement have made it sound as though the …

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Saint Petersblog — Amendment 1 Everglades restoration money more complex than just buying land

Posted 06/08/2015

Saint Petersblog “Amendment 1 Everglades restoration money more complex than just buying land” June 8, 2015 By Dan Peterson During the 2015 special session, a controversial topic involving Amendment 1 funding entangles a push to purchase land south of Lake Okeechobee in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA). Extreme elements of the environmental movement have made …

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