All that’s missing are the oil rigs: Proponents of drilling as close as three miles off Florida’s Gulf beaches almost pushed their plan through the Legislature. They plan to try again in 2010.

This is the heading of a recent article “Florida’s warm up drill” from the Herald Tribune that talks about just how close oil drilling proponents got to open Florida’s nearshore coast to oil drilling.

This article is the first in a series. Read it here.