CAPTAINS CALL FOR STATE SUPPORT
Organized grassroots activists.
Not words typically used to describe fishing guides.
But it's an accurate description of Thursday afternoon's call for help. Dozens of guides from the Florida Keys Fishing Guides Association rallied together, staked off their boats in formation and spelled out "HELP!" The image, caught by drone, is intended to urge legislators to make Everglades and Florida Bay restoration top priority, once and for all.
WHAT'S THE LATEST?
A decades-old state and federal pledge to restore the Everglades has all but died in the quagmire of politics and big business. But the topic was rejuvenated earlier this year in Tallahassee. Current bills (SB10 and its companion HB761) revive the plan to store and treat water south of Lake Okeechobee, and send it south as needed. Originally, the bills called for purchasing some 60,000 acres of land in the EAA for this purpose.
Recent revisions nix the idea of disrupting sugar farmers and rely more heavily on state-owned land to get the reservoir built. Supporters of the plan continue to press lawmakers to follow through.
These captains aren't stopping at one waterborne effort. Many are taking a day off the water next week, to speak directly to legislators poised to vote soon on SB10. Tuesday, April 11 is the Now Or Neverglades Sportfishing Day - one more chance for democracy in action, and another chance to implore our representatives to breathe life back into the failing Everglades and Florida Bay ecosystem.
WHAT CAN I DO?
It's all but certain that the Senate will fully pass the revised SB10. It's time to press the House to step up and move HB761 forward. Make your calls today to these players:
Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran: 850-717-5000
House Representative Holly Raschein: 305-453-1202
You can say, "We need more fresh water in the Florida Bay, The Senate has passed a reasonable bill that gets this done. Please move forward on passing House Bill 761."
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