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Last week, Martin County commissioners were given the opportunity to advocate for our human health and safety. Spoiler alert: they didn’t take it.
Holly Raschein has spent a career voting to gut hundreds of millions from Everglades protection funding, voted multiple times to delay cleanup of Lake Okeechobee (the source of toxic green algae plaguing our waters), advocates for letting polluters off the hook from paying to clean up their messes and constantly guts water quality standards. Raschein has supported fracking multiple times and even voted to allow treated sewage into drinking water aquifers.
Don’t take our word for it… look for yourself. We’ve pasted dozens of anti-clean water votes below so you can see her voting record for yourself.
Florida Bay and the Everglades cannot afford two more years of Holly Raschein.
WE now have three commissioners that Big Sugar helped elect.
They've bought their way into our Chamber of Commerce and our Economic Council.
They have joined forces with the Lake Point rockpit people to try to get Sarah Heard and Ed fielding removed from the Martin County Commission.
Almost everyone in Martin County has been involved in helping Sen. Joe Negron pass SB10 to send water south and save our river and the Everglades. The Stuart News pointed out that David won a great battle against Goliath, but it's not over yet. Implementing SB10 in the next year will take as much effort as getting it passed.
Martin County residents made a big difference. They were passionate and educated. The Stuart News was no exception. It was unafraid and accurate in its reporting
With their help we were able to answer Sugar's repeated attacks that claimed the toxic algae was our own fault because we had septic tanks. We could point out that Martin County had the strictest limits on new septic systems and the best wetland protection in the state.
All that makes it hard to understand how our commissioners could possibly consider lessening restrictions on septic systems and giving up on enforcing policies that keep urban development from sprawling beyond the urban service district.Read more
Four in favor, one against. Last week Martin County Commissioners voted 4-1 to draft a resolution in support of Sen. Pres. Joe Negron’s SB 10. (Only Comm. Doug Smith voted no.) It was a show of support and gratitude for Negron’s courage, for using his political capital to fight for a solution to the toxic discharges that plague the Treasure Coast, and for opposing US Sugar’s and Florida Crystals' massive campaign to keep the status quo.
Virtually no one outside the sugar industry thinks the status quo is acceptable. As Negron bluntly put it: Are you telling me that in 2017, in the United States of America, with the best research universities in the world, with everything that we have, the best we can do when the water rises is we’re going to flood communities east and west of Lake Okeechobee? I don’t accept that reality and I don’t hear anyone now defending it.
Everglades and Florida Bay stakeholders don’t accept that reality, either, because the status quo protects the sugar industry’s water supply at the expense of these two world-renowned ecosystems. Negron’s solution, backed by more than 200 scientists, delivers badly needed freshwater flows to revitalize South Florida’s environment and recharge the thinning aquifer that Miami drinks from. Support for SB 10 and the Now Or Neverglades Declaration, which outlines the solution, has come from all over Florida.
Of course the earliest and loudest support for the Now Or Neverglades Declaration came from Martin County. As reeking mats of toxic “guacamole” algae closed businesses and beaches, just about every person running for local office signed it--including Doug Smith.
Negron’s SB 10/HB 761 is exactly what Declaration signers asked for: a dynamic reservoir in the EAA to store, treat and send water south--the keystone project in the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), funded through Amendment 1 to purchase the land, to cut damaging discharges to coastal estuaries and rejuvenate Florida’s fabled River of Grass. And to follow the Declaration and deliver a win-win for glades communities, SB 10 supporters are working to make economic stimulus for local residents part of the bill. It’s just common sense that CERP, a 50-year, $17 billion public works project, should include training and jobs in the same region where unemployment reaches 40%.
Negron’s plan can be a win-win for Floridians everywhere, because ultimately we all want the same things: access to good jobs and safe, healthy places to live and raise our families.Read more
bullsugar.org/vote: Voter guides highlight fight for Everglades restoration, support Patrick Murphy over Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate.
September 27, 2016 – Stuart, FL – Bullsugar.org, a 501c4 non-profit dedicated to stopping destructive discharges into the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries and restoring the flow of clean freshwater to the Everglades, today announced the publication of voter guides for all Florida counties. The guides identify political candidates, including both republicans and democrats, that support legislative action to address Florida’s water management crises and pursue science-based solutions to revitalize Florida’s waterways.Read more
Stuart, FL – Bullsugar.org, a 501c4 based in Stuart, is asking Governor Rick Scott to address the toxic algae crisis by signing the “Now or Neverglades Declaration” and today released video of their direct ask to Scott at the ICAST 2016 sport fishing trade show in Orlando, which the Governor promptly refused.Read more
Bullsugar.org Writes Letter Regarding Representative Caldwell Bias & Lake Okeechobee Learning Collaborative
FORT MYERS, Fla., June 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a letter from Kenny Hinkle Jr., On Behalf of Bullsugar.org, to Mayor Randy Henderson of Fort Myers, Florida:
Dear Mayor Henderson,
I write to you on behalf of the 127,000 and growing followers of Bullsugar.org. Bullsugar.org is a non-profit 501(c)4 founded in August 2014 on the belief that stopping the damaging discharges to our coasts and restoring the Everglades is not a science or engineering problem. The science has been known for decades. Our problem is a political problem -- and it requires a political solution.Read more