Florida Coastal Law Review’s “Sugar, Politics, and the Destruction of Florida’s Natural Resources,” by Jaclyn Blair


We all know that young people are the largest key to a “better water future” for our great state of Florida. Recently I opened my mailbox to find the “Florida Coastal Law Review’s Special Symposium Issue: A look into the 2017 Florida Constitution Revision Commission/Fall Issue, Volume 18.” It is very excited to see what topics the students are covering. I read the whole thing! All of the articles are powerful expressions. My favorite? “Sugar, Politics, and the Destruction of Florida’s Natural Resources,” by Jaclyn Blair.

Coastal Law Review: http://www.fcsl.edu/student-life-florida-coastal-law-review.html

After such a difficult few weeks watching the state legislature pass the ball back and forth and finally catch SB10 and HB761, and then the false cry that Florida Forever could not be funded, the Law Review publication really lifted my spirits. I was so excited that I decided to call the law school, garnering more information and received permission to share.

The best way I know how, and with my limited time today, I am just going to  photograph the article and post it. Even if you read the first few pages, you will be impressed. I have a better format, but cannot post PDF format on my blog. Email me if you’d like a PDF or call the law school at 904-680-7700. The Editor-in Chief, Dylan W. Retting, is a great help.

Close up toxic algae, SLR, 2016, JTL
In closing as I’m off to Panama City, more than anything…more than any bill or any politicking…. seeing young people pick up the torch for our waters and our environment is an inspiration. An inspiration for a true and longer-lasting, “better water future.”

Thank you to the students of Jacksonville’s Florida Coastal Law Review! I am impressed!

*Got a link to article, added at 7pm: http://www.pdf.investintech.com/preview/fe13b74e-2f89-11e7-922a-002590d31986/index.html


Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch

10 thoughts on “Florida Coastal Law Review’s “Sugar, Politics, and the Destruction of Florida’s Natural Resources,” by Jaclyn Blair

  1. Hi Jacqui,

    I would love to see a PDF of the article. I always read and love your blog. Thank you for your dedication and service to our community.

    Julie A Zahniser, Esq. Founder, The American Bee Project 5655 S Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce, FL 34982. 772-332-9706 Zahniser@bellsouth.net. Sent from my iPad, please excuse my brevity.


  2. Panama City is my old stomping grounds. I lived there for about ten years in the 1970s.

    W.E. “Ted” Guy, Jr.

    643 SW Fuge Rd

    Stuart, Fl 34997

    (772) 287-4106 (home)

    (772) 485-1866 (cell/car)


  3. Jacqui, your dedication is endless! This is a very informative article and I would love to have a PDF version of it.

  4. Very very interesting, Jacqui, thanks.  Let’s talk about it.

    Karl Wickstrom, Founder Florida Sportsman 2700 S. Kanner Hwy. Stuart, FL 34994 772-219-7400 ext. 118

  5. Jacqui, Thank you for sharing the Jaclyn Blair article. I posted it to the SWFL Clean Water Movement Facebook page. It is inspiring that a new generation is up for a fight…the fight for clean water. I really appreciate that you took the time to photograph the article (and obtain a PDF version, too).

    Warm regards from Fort Myers Beach, Louise Kowitch

    Sent from my iPad


  6. What a great work and effort by these students! Straight forward, simple, understandable language. Copies ought to be distributed to every High School as required reading. Yes, please include me when you send out a PDF and thank you for sharing.

  7. What a fine article. Thank you very much, Jacqui for taking the time to photograph it all and post it here. Now I need to figure out how to initiate a google alert on the Florida Wildlife Federation et al v. Andy Gardner case, because that seems like the Everglades’ best hope. (Although, the startling revelation about the Florida Supreme Court made me a little nauseous.)

  8. Louise,

    Thanks for sharing the article. The City of Sanibel is in the process of upgrading our Donax Water Reclamation Facility to meet Advanced Wastewater Treatment standards (at a cost of $20.1 million), the end result will be a 50-70% reduction in the nutrient concentrations (nitrogen and phosphorus) in the reuse water leaving the plant. The State of Florida is making funding available for septic to sewer conversion, but communities have to have projects designed and ready to turn dirt.



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