Calls Needed to the Senate Appropriations Committee Before Thursday
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 850-487-5005
Vice Chair: Senator Wilton
Simpson, R-Spring Hill, email@example.com,
Senator Aaron Bean,
R-Jacksonville, firstname.lastname@example.org, 850-487-5004
Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Ft.
Senator Lauren Book,
D-Plantation, email@example.com, 850-487-5032
Senator Jeff Brandes, R-St.
Petersburg, firstname.lastname@example.org, 850-487-5024
Senator Oscar Braynon II, D-Miami
Gardens, email@example.com, 850-487-5035
Senator Anitere Flores,
R-Miami, firstname.lastname@example.org, 850-487-5039
Senator George B. Gainer, R-Panama
City, email@example.com, 850-487-5002
Senator Audrey Gibson,
R-Jacksonville, firstname.lastname@example.org, 850-487-5006
Senator Travis Hutson, R-Palm
Coast, email@example.com, 850-487-5007
Senator Tom Lee, R-Brandon, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Senator Debbie Mayfield email@example.com, 850-487-5017
Senator Bill Montford,
D-Tallahassee, firstname.lastname@example.org, 850-487-5003
Senator Kathleen Passidomo,
Senator Bobby Powell, D-West Palm
Beach, email@example.com, 850-487-5030
Senator Darryl Ervin Rouson, D-St.
Petersburg, firstname.lastname@example.org, 850-487-5019
Senator David Simmons, D-Altamonte
Springs, email@example.com, 850-487-5009
Senator Kelli Stargel,
R-Lakeland, firstname.lastname@example.org, 850-487-5022
Senator Linda Stewart,
D-Orlando, email@example.com, 850-487-5013
Senator Perry E. Thurston, Jr.,
D-Ft. Lauderdale, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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:
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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
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Thank you for all you do to help protect manatees and their aquatic habitat!