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Calls Needed to the Senate Appropriations Committee Before Thursday

Dear Friend,

Two issues important to protecting manatee habitat are being heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee this Thursday. Please call the Committee Members' offices and ask them to vote:

  • NO on SB 7068.
  • YES to FULL FUNDING FOR FLORIDA FOREVER: $300 million annually.

Additional Information:

SB 7068 would authorize construction of three new toll roads across the Springs Coast and Big Bend regions. This bill would take over $100 million each year from the state’s General Revenue Fund to build toll roads through some of the most pristine remaining areas of the state. Even if the roads avoid conservation lands, the impacts to the environment will be severe. The construction process itself results in runoff into waterways that can increase turbidity and block light to aquatic vegetation and create conditions that support algal blooms. Once the roads are open to traffic, they will encourage rampant sprawl, turning wetlands, forests, and agricultural lands into developed land and increase water consumption and water pollution, all of which threaten springs and other coastal ecosystems -- including the critical manatee habitat in Citrus County. Please ask your legislators to oppose SB 7068.

The Appropriations Committee is also where the budget is determined for Florida Forever, the state’s program that acquires conservation lands to improve and protect the Florida’s waters. Currently, the Senate budget badly underfunds Florida Forever, but it’s not too late for lawmakers to change their minds. Ask for restoration of full funding of Florida Forever: $300 million annually.

These are the members of the Senate Appropriations Committee:

Chair: Senator Rob Bradley, R-Orange Park,, 850-487-5005

Vice Chair: Senator Wilton Simpson, R-Spring Hill,, 850-487-5010

Senator Aaron Bean, R-Jacksonville,, 850-487-5004

Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Ft. Myers,, 850-487-5027

Senator Lauren Book, D-Plantation,, 850-487-5032

Senator Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg,, 850-487-5024

Senator Oscar Braynon II, D-Miami Gardens,, 850-487-5035

Senator Anitere Flores, R-Miami,, 850-487-5039

Senator George B. Gainer, R-Panama City,, 850-487-5002

Senator Audrey Gibson, R-Jacksonville,, 850-487-5006

Senator Travis Hutson, R-Palm Coast,, 850-487-5007

Senator Tom Lee, R-Brandon,, 850-487-5020

Senator Debbie Mayfield, 850-487-5017

Senator Bill Montford, D-Tallahassee,, 850-487-5003 

Senator Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples,, 850-487-5028

Senator Bobby Powell, D-West Palm Beach,, 850-487-5030

Senator Darryl Ervin Rouson, D-St. Petersburg,, 850-487-5019

Senator David Simmons, D-Altamonte Springs,, 850-487-5009

Senator Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland,, 850-487-5022

Senator Linda Stewart, D-Orlando,, 850-487-5013

Senator Perry E. Thurston, Jr., D-Ft. Lauderdale,, 850-487-5033

If you cannot make calls, please email the full committee by copying and pasting these addresses in the "To" box and include the message below.  Include your full name and address in your email:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,


Dear Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, When you meet this Thursday, please vote:

  • NO on SB 7068
  • YES to FULL FUNDING FOR FLORIDA FOREVER: $300 million annually

Thank you.

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Thank you for all you do to help protect manatees and their aquatic habitat!


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