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Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam welcomed more than 500 attendees to the Florida Energy Summit, hosted by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, today through Friday. The three-day summit brings together leaders from the public and private sectors to discuss the changing landscape of the energy industry and the future of energy in Florida. “The 2012 Florida Energy Summit features a balanced program, including discussions on everything from traditional fuels to emerging technologies to energy efficiency,” said Commissioner Putnam.

In order to fix a problem, it usually helps to know what causes it. This applies to coastal management, of course, particularly when the issue of erosion. In order to address coastal erosion, you need to know whats behind it since theres no single cause for sand moving away from your coastline.Erosion is like other Å“natural occurrences such as fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes and more  it lands on our collective radar only when it begins to impact people and their property. When it happens out in the middle of nowhere, nobody notices. When it happens where people live and work, it gets noticed  a lot.So what causes erosion? Here are some of the agents, and what can be done about them:

Scientists from Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and partner agencies departed Key West recently aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster to map fish spawning sites between Key West and the Dry Tortugas. Data collected on this 10-day research cruise will enhance scientific understanding of fish spawning locations, as well as fish movements in and around the sanctuary’s Tortugas Ecological Reserve.
“During the recent public regulatory review, many stakeholders said that we need to understand and protect our fishing spawning areas better,” said Sean Morton, sanctuary superintendent. “The scientific results of this cruise will help inform the public and guide management decisions as we continue to look at sanctuary marine zones and regulations.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A United States State Department project to develop housing for American diplomats in the earthquake-torn Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, has received the U.S. government procurement agency’s award for property innovation.