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REEF RESCUE ACTION ALERT – NOW INACTIVE

YOU DID IT AGAIN!

SEE: Florida Coral Reefs Victorious

DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN

This years attempt by the Florida legislature to never let a good deed go unpunished is a renewed attack on the 2008 ocean outfall bill that outlaws the archaic practice of dumping 396,000,000 gallons a day of inadequately treated sewage into the coastal waters of southeast Florida.

Last year Tallahassee heard your voices and the attempt to delay the implementation of the outfall law was never brought to a vote in the Senate.

This year more of the same. This 2012 version is seeking to derail the outfall law by extending the compliance deadline by two years.

“Delaying reporting and other parts of the bill simply rewards counties who have done nothing since the bill’s passage”, said DeeVon Quirolo founder and retired executive director of Key West based Reef Relief. Adding “nothing has changed to justify weakening the original bill whereas the over-riding need for improving water quality for coral reefs has increased with every year”.

This bill has just passed the FL House and is headed to the FL Senate.

BUT, THERE IS STILL TIME TO STOP IT!

We are asking for your help:

First:

Email the Florida Senate Committee on Rules and tell Chairman Senator John Thrasher you are opposed to the Miguel Diaz de la Portilla Senate Bill 724 (Domestic Wastewater Discharged Through Ocean Outfalls) and request the Committee on Rules not schedule SB 724 for a vote before the Senate.

Second:

If you live in Florida email your FL Senator and tell them you oppose Senate Bill 724 and if the bill comes before the Senate ask them to vote against it. (Click here to find your Senator).

If you don’t live in Florida you can still help, Tell VISIT FLORIDA®, the state’s official tourism marketing corporation you  do not want to visit Florida to swim in the sewage polluted ocean: http://www.visitflorida.com/feedback/

Looking for a Spring Break destination tell VISIT FLORIDA® how you feel about swimming in sewage.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Each year, tourists from around the globe visit Florida to enjoy our beaches and waters. If we continue to allow the pumping of waste water into our oceans, it will damage our tourism economy, taking away jobs from tourism and related industries. Please do not derail the 2008 sewage ocean outfall legislation by delaying its implementation. Do not be penny-wise and pound foolish with our future economy. Invest a few dollars that will bring in much more than you spend.

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  2. Posted by Drew Martin on February 24, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    We need to protect our reefs.

    Reply

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