Thursday, October 29, 2020

Cocoa Votes to Become Florida's 11th 100% Clean Energy for All City

Cocoa becomes 2nd city in Brevard County to join clean energy movement sweeping the Sunshine State


Cocoa, FL -- Tuesday night, the City Council of Cocoa unanimously passed a resolution committing the city to transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy for the entire community by 2050 and for municipal operations by 2035. Cocoa became the second city in Brevard County, joining The City of Satellite Beach, which made a similar commitment last August. Cocoa is the eleventh city in the state to commit to powering their entire community with 100 percent clean, renewable sources of energy, like solar and storage.


Dr. James Fenton, Director of UCF's Florida Solar Energy
Center
in Cocoa, offers FSEC's expertise to help 
Cocoa meet its 100% clean energy goal. 

The City will begin developing a plan immediately to achieve both goals. The resolution emphasizes inclusion and transparency in the planning process which will establish interim milestones, budget estimates, equity metrics and financing mechanisms with community residents and stakeholders over the next two years. 


Cocoa joins a growing group of Florida cities that includes  Orlando, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Tallahassee, and Gainesville among others, and joins the more than 160 other cities to commit to this goal.

Cocoa’s commitment to move toward renewables is not just aspirational neither is it radical. As a community, by signing on to Ready for 100, we are pre-positioning ourselves to leverage the solar tipping point.  In the not so long term, this move will provide reduced costs along with clean energy and a better environment to our citizens, Cocoa City Council Member District 4, Lorraine Koss.   


“Because Cocoa has a Sustainability Action Plan in place, the city has been well on its way to moving toward a cleaner and healthier community.  The passing of this resolution shows that Cocoa wants to make their community a leader in the fight for a just and equitable transition to 100 percent clean energy.  By committing to 100 percent renewable energy goals, Cocoa is paving the way for other communities to follow suit, and we look forward to working with the city to make this transition, said Leslie Maloney, Political Chair of Turtle Coast Sierra Club Group. 


Brooke Alexander, Ready for 100 Organizer

Sierra Club Florida

Email: Brooke.Alexander@sierraclub.org






Monday, October 26, 2020

Tell USEPA to NOT allow the State of Florida to take over federal permitting of our waters

By Monday, November 2nd, let’s flood the EPA with as much citizen opposition as possible !

US EPA is accepting public comments on the State of Florida's request to take over federal permitting under the Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404 that is meant to protect the Waters of the US, including our springs and wetlands. It's hard enough ensuring that 404 permits issued by USACE are protective enough. If the state takes over, it will be even harder to stop greedy and politically influential developers and other special interests from paving over our remaining wetlands and polluting our waters.


Submit comments in writing by no later than Monday, November 2nd (before midnight). Submit them either via email to 404Assumption-FL@epa.gov or via the regulations.gov portal (here). Include the Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2018-0640 with your submission. Do not include personal or business information you do not wish to be part of public records.


* Our thanks to all that have already submitted comments and/or spoke up at the EPA virtual public hearings *

 

Talking Points

 

The Everglades Coalition, the Florida Conservation Coalition and Waterkeepers Florida are among groups representing thousands of Floridians that have repeatedly opposed the state assumption of the CWA 404 permitting authority. Check out this folder for reasons these groups and other partners have expressed opposition.

  • USEPA must deny the FDEP's application to assume CWA Section 404 dredge and fill permitting authority from the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

  • Florida's water resources generate billions for our economy and deserve the highest level of scrutiny and protection -- something that FDEP is not well-positioned to provide.

  • Florida’s wetlands are essential to our resilience and drinking water supply, and are unique ecosystems that draw tourists and new residents to our beautiful state. 

  • State 404 permitting assumption would add more regulatory burden to FDEP - an agency that cannot meet its existing regulatory demands.

  • Even now, the FDEP does not have the resources required to equitably and meaningfully protect and improve our wetlands, springs and other waters via its own existing state-run programs. FDEP has failed to demonstrate how it could possibly undertake the extensive review and monitoring needed for federal 404 permits when it cannot properly steward what is already under its purview. 

  • FDEP is already too underfunded to properly carry out its own programs and there is no commitment that additional annual  federal funding will be available to support the state’s assumption of a new permitting authority.

  • Turning “federal actions” into “state actions” will impact the level of review and interactions between federal and state government agencies that would otherwise be required under federal law.  For instance, the state would not be required to follow the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). That means that an Environmental Assessment (EA) or an Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) will no longer be required, nor the same level of public participation opportunities.

  • Florida does not have a state law that parallels NEPA, which means that 404 permit applications processed by the state will be made with far less data and would no longer be subject to the rigorous review of environmental impacts and project alternate analysis provided under NEPA, nor the same level of federal review that weighs the need for a project versus loss of environmental benefits.

  • This shift in authority will impact how our waterways are used and developed -- posing severe consequences to wildlife, critical habitat, and ecosystem function.

  • This will fast-track development permits for powerful special interests that want to exploit Florida’s wetlands and other water resources for profit. 

  • FDEP will not have the checks and balances needed when they review 404 permit applications from other state agencies and water management districts. FDEP will essentially be like a fox guarding the hen house.

  • There is also significant concern about how state assumption will impact compliance with the Endangered Species Act. Florida has far more federally listed species than New Jersey or Michigan, the only two states that have assumed 404 federal permitting.  State assumption is likely to result in less time and expertise involved in the analysis of project impacts on vulnerable wildlife.

  • It is unclear how state assumption will impact the level of federal review needed to protect historic and cultural resources, including sites of importance to tribal nations.

  • Because of the long-term consequences of this decision, we request for USEPA conduct additional in-person public hearings, when safe to do so, across the state as it is unreasonable to assume that the two conducted virtually in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic have provided the equitable and adequate opportunity for affected communities to be heard. To proceed with just only two virtual hearings when the public cannot meaningfully participate is exclusionary.

  • EPA must deny FDEP's application package for assumption of the Clean Water Action Section 404 authority in order to ensure Floridians retain the critical federal protections and oversight that our wetlands, springs and other vulnerable water resources so desperately need.



Photo courtesy of Waterkeeper Alliance

Friday, October 16, 2020

MIAMI-DADE! DON’T IGNORE THE SCIENCE: Slow down and consider Miami Wilds’ impact on endangered animals

For Immediate Release                                                                   

October 16, 2020

ContactsDiana Umpierre, diana.umpierre@sierraclub.org, 954-829-7632

Paola Ferreira, executivedirector@tropicalaudubon.org, 786 864 9977

Jacki Lopez, jlopez@biologicaldiversity.org, 727-490-9190


 **PRESS RELEASE**


 MIAMI-DADE:  DON’T IGNORE THE SCIENCE

Slow down and consider Miami Wilds’ impact on endangered animals

MIAMI--The Miami-Dade County Commission is set to vote Tuesday, October 20, on a lease to build Miami Wilds, a proposed water theme park that includes a retail area and two hotels. The project would be built on environmentally sensitive county land that is habitat for the Florida bonneted bat, the rarest bat in the U.S., and other endangered species unique to Florida. Last month the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Committee recommended the Commission move forward, apparently without having considered the project’s impacts on imperiled species.

The community engaged in the conversation about the future of Miami Wilds is emphasizing the critical importance of the pertinent science, and that there is no reason to rush the vote when neither the Commissioners nor their staff have had the opportunity to thoughtfully consider that science.

Steven Leidner, Miami-Dade Sierra Club:  “This science includes the latest acoustic field survey data collected by Bat Conservation International (BCI) that demonstrates that the proposed open space for leasing, next to the Zoo Miami and the pine rockland forest, is critical to the very rare and endangered Florida bonneted bat for foraging. A lot of time and resources have been invested to help recover this species. The proposed Miami Wilds development would push the bat and other species dependent on this area toward the brink of extinction. Water and theme parks come and go. Extinction is forever.

Paola Ferreira, Executive Director of Tropical Audubon Society:  "Four endangered species are depending on the proposed project site for their survival, the scientific evidence is overwhelming. All these species are unique to South Florida and Miami Wilds will lead them to the brink of extinction. It is premature for the Board of County Commissioners to approve a 40 year lease for Miami Wilds on October 20th. Another location for the water park needs to be identified. No amusement park is worth the extinction of a single species."

Dr. Philip K. Stoddard, Dept. Biological Sciences, FIU and former Mayor of South Miami:  “The Miami Wilds plan might be adjusted to make it compatible with the legal and scientific requirements for conservation, but it’s not there yet.  Attempting to fast-track the existing plan this month will certainly be met with lawsuits and roadblocks for violating the conservation requirements in the enabling citizen referendum and the Endangered Species Act.  The project will proceed more smoothly, and probably more quickly, if the Commission grants time for scientists to complete the necessary conservation reports and use these to improve the plan."

Abigail Merolle, Florida Internal University student: “It is estimated that less than 1,000 of the endemic Florida bonneted bats are left. A recent study from Bat Conservation International found that 70% of bonneted bat calls out of 10 sites were recorded over the open space considered for construction. This 2020 study and a 2012 Zoo Miami study provide clear evidence that this open space is critical for the species survival. The Miami tiger beetle is so critically endangered that it was thought to be extinct until it was rediscovered in 2007 in Zoo Miami pine rocklands. The Bartram’s scrub-hairstreak butterfly was nearly driven to extinction due to shrinking habitat and declines in its host plant, the pineland croton. The pine rocklands are fire dependent and the proximity of Miami Wilds to this habitat will prevent regular controlled burns.  Any commission action must be made in accordance with this science.” 

Laura Reynolds, Conservation Concepts:  "The County prides itself on good planning and for that reason the county employs many experts who base their recommendations on science and the most up to date information available.  We would hope that the County would adhere to their own Management Plan adopted and approved for the ecologically sensitive pinelands and follow the recommendation of not allowing hotels next to or on environmentally sensitive lands as protected under Chapter 24. The scientific basis for this is clear, maintaining pinelands requires fire and a hotel and pineland management do not mix.  The Commission should slow down and take the time to consider this. This administration is putting itself at great risk of legal challenge, yet again." 

Jaclyn Lopez, Florida Director with the Center for Biological Diversity: “There’s a mistaken perception that this land is just a vacant parking lot. In reality, this is extremely productive habitat for the Florida bonneted bat, a rare and spectacular Florida native. The county should make good on its promise to keep the water park off environmentally sensitive land.”

Mike Daulton, Executive Director of Bat Conservation International: “The Board of County Commissioners is hiding from Miami voters by closing its session on October 20 to public comment. A vote in favor of this horribly misguided proposed site for the Miami Wilds development project would violate the will of Miami-Dade voters, who agreed in a 2006 referendum that the development should not take place on ‘environmentally sensitive land.’ The science is clear: The open land proposed for this development is currently occupied, heavily used habitat for the federally endangered Florida bonneted bat. It’s the picture in the dictionary next to the words environmentally sensitive.”

Background

October 2020 Preliminary Report, Florida Bonneted Bat Acoustic Monitoring Project: Identifying critical habitat within Miami-Dade County in order to protect the rarest bat in the United States: https://www.batcon.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Bat-Conservation-International-Preliminary-2019-Acoustic-Monitoring-Report.pdf

October 20, 2020 Miami-Dade County Commission, agenda item 8H1, including draft lease:  http://www.miamidade.gov/govaction/legistarfiles/Matters/Y2020/201818.pdf

September 11, 2020, Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Committee meeting, agenda item 3E substitute: http://www.miamidade.gov/govaction/commagenda.asp?cmbmeetdate=4471

2012-2013 Zoo Miami Acoustic Survey of Eumops floridanus in Three Miami-Dade County Parks within the Richmond Tract:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mvWMUgoiDY-sQEVRe-3452K57pXq4l0O/view?usp=sharing

2006 referendum approving an entertainment district “on Metrozoo property on land that is not environmentally sensitive and is outside the animal attractions”: http://www.miamidade.gov/govaction/matter.asp?matter=061795&file=true&yearFolder=Y2009

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FWC photo by Gary Morse


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

New Tool Available to Identify Sierra Club Endorsed Candidates for the 2020 General Election

As the general election nears, Sierra Club Florida is being asked by voters as to how they can learn about Sierra Club endorsed candidates. Thanks to a new tool provided by the National Sierra Club, it is now easy!

First, visit this page on our website:

https://www.sierraclub.org/florida/florida-sierra-club-political-endorsements-list

Here you will find a list of endorsed candidates running for federal and state office. If you are interested in Sierra Club's position on statewide ballot initiatives, those can be found here too.  

But if you tab down to the bottom of the page, you will see this! 



Here you can enter your address and it will provide information on endorsed candidates up and down the ballot.  You can print it off and use it to complete your ballot.

If there is no endorsed candidate for the race you are seeking information on, then likely there has not been a Sierra Club endorsement in that race. However, in a few instances, there may be a time delay in between our endorsement and posting, so if you have time to wait, check back in a few days!

Don't forget to vote on or before November 3rd!


110 Organizations, Businesses to M-CORES Task Forces: "NO BUILD" is the only option

October 13, 2020

Kevin J. Thibault
Florida Department of Transportation
605 Suwannee Street, MS 54
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Via online portal and FDOT.Listens@dot.state.fl.us

 RE:  Joint Comments regarding Central-Southwest, Northern Turnpike, and Suncoast Connector Corridor Draft Task Force Reports (M-CORES)

Secretary Thibault: 

SB 7068 and section 338.223, Florida Statutes, charge each of the Task Forces to evaluate their respective Multi-use Corridors of Regional Economic Significance (M-CORES) Program corridors. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), and the respective Task Forces, ultimately failed to provide comprehensive forecasts for future population, environmental and land use impacts, employment, traffic, and usage rates at the level of detail needed to warrant the continuation of the M-CORES program.

The work that FDOT failed to share with Task Force members was taken on by outside analysts. Using FDOT’s “economically feasible” framework and 500 simulated model trials, Cornell Consulting’s financial underwriting analysis (see here) found all of the M-CORES connectors to be financially infeasible.

Cornell Consulting estimated construction alone to be $10.3 billion for the three new toll roads. Meanwhile, in assessing the economic impact of toll roads, they found that the average rate of return for highways today are diminishing compared to early periods and are simply not worth the cost.

FDOT has not provided reliable robust traffic information to validate the need for these proposed toll roads through rural Florida that would address problems the existing FDOT work plan is not already aiming to solve. FDOT claims that increasing road capacity will reduce congestion are unfounded; in fact, examples abound from Florida and elsewhere of additional or widened highways leading to more rather than less congestion.

Broadband is a necessary utility that does not depend on the construction of new roads. In assessing broadband deployment, Cornell Consulting identified aerial fiber optic cable installation as a more efficient method of connecting underserved communities within the M-CORES study areas. Their projections saw that aerial fiber optic cable installation could be achieved for a fraction of the cost.  

While hurricane preparedness is necessary, the Florida Division of Emergency Management states on its website: “Select an evacuation destination that is nearest to your home, preferably in the same county, or at least minimize the distance over which you must travel in order to reach your intended shelter location.” Encouraging Floridians to attempt to outrun a hurricane is contrary advice. It has been over ten (10) years since a comprehensive statewide hurricane evacuation plan has been completed; a prerequisite before any new roads are proposed with the stated purpose of aiding in hurricane evacuation.  Any funding for broadband deployment or hurricane preparedness now part of the M-CORES budget should instead, through legislative action, be directed to the local governments or state agencies actually tasked with providing those services. Providing these services should not be tied to the development of new roads, as suggested in FDOT’s definition of “no build.”

In order for the goal of restoring and protecting Florida’s beleaguered water resources, including its springs, lakes, rivers, bays, and the Everglades to be achieved, it is imperative that no road project directly or indirectly impede or otherwise impact current or future restoration activities. Florida’s state waters are in crisis already. 

The locations of all three M-CORES corridors are contrary to the protection and acquisition of state conservation lands critical to the preservation of the state's remaining wild lands, for the people who explore them and the wildlife that depends upon them. Highways fragment wildlife habitat and collisions with vehicles are among the top causes of wildlife mortality. The science is clear regarding the endangered Florida Panther – additional fragmentation of remaining habitat will imperil their existence.  On the other hand, protecting umbrella species like the panther and the Florida Black Bear will thereby protect other listed and non-listed species as well.

These proposed corridor study areas encompass huge swaths of Florida’s agricultural land base. These ranchlands are indispensable to maintaining connectivity among existing conservation lands, many of which have been proposed for protection as approved Florida Forever projects and/or Rural and Family Lands projects. Agriculture’s contribution to Florida’s economy is second only to tourism and is at risk from these proposed corridors.

Floridians deserve the choice to enjoy the quality of life and natural beauty afforded in rural communities. Rural Florida residents and local governments are rightly concerned about the impact of toll roads on existing local businesses and their iconic way of life. History has shown that toll roads will either bypass historic downtowns altogether or replace them with mega gas-stations, fast food chains, and sprawl. Nothing in the reports, or in recent Florida history, provides any assurances that these fears are not warranted.

Any transportation capacity, operational or safety deficiencies within the state’s transportation system should first be met by improvements to existing transportation corridors. This is reflected in the draft task force reports, all of which express a preference for improvement or expansion of existing roadways and consideration of a “no build” option for the proposed M-CORES corridors.

The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need to prioritize human health and welfare in Florida; the priority should be responding to critical state needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Siphoning billions of dollars from the state budget and directing FDOT to study and build these toll roads has already taken resources away from legitimate, identified state projects and must be stopped before more tax dollars are wasted. A delay of a "no build" decision until the Project Development and Environment (PD&E) study phase and continued funding of the M-CORES program would be an astronomical waste of taxpayer dollars, and contrary to the wishes of an overwhelming majority of Floridians.  M-CORES would dramatically strain the state budget while Florida is facing massive revenue shortfalls. We have already witnessed this:  Governor DeSantis vetoed $1 billion from the state budget – including $83 million for critical water quality projects – while the M-CORES project budget was increased.

SB 7068 in no way requires that any new toll road be built for any segment, let alone all segments of the three study areas. FDOT’s normal systematic approach to planning for the state’s transportation future had not, prior to the passage of SB 7068, identified a factual, objective specific transportation problem to be solved by any of these roads. The M-CORES process, a failed attempt to bypass the state’s normal transportation planning process, has neither evaluated nor identified any such factual, objective specific transportation problem to be solved. 

In order to protect Florida’s taxpayers, environmental assets and resources, and preserve areas providing habitat for plants and wildlife, rural lands, the agriculture industry, and the quality of life of our citizens, the only reasonable outcome of the three task force processes is a clear "no build" recommendation. 

Respectfully submitted,

Action Coalition of Cedar Key
Mandy Offerle, Member
 
Alachua Audubon Society
Debra Segal, President
 
Alachua County NAACP Environmental & Climate Justice
Nkwanda Jah, Chair
 
Alianza for Progress
Marcos Vilar, President
 
Animal Defenders International
Christina Scaringe, General Counsel
 
Apalachee Audubon Society
Donna Legare, President
 
Bay and Reef Company
Elizabeth Jolin, Co-Owner
 
Bear Warriors United
Katrina Shadix, Executive Director
 
Broward Climate Alliance
Steve Jens-Rochow, Secretary
 
Bullsugar.org
Allie Preston, Director of Communications
 
Calusa Waterkeeper
John Cassani, Calusa Waterkeeper
 
Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife

Pascha Donaldson, Vice President


Cedar Key Community Garden
Many Offelre, Garden Director 

 
Cedar Key News
Frank Offelre, Editor
 
Center for Biological Diversity
Jacki Lopez, Florida Director
 
Center for Earth Jurisprudence
Margaret R. Stewart, Esq., MPA, LL.M., Director
 
Citizens Against Nonconcurrency Taskforce, Inc.
Barry J. White, President
 
Citizens for an Engaged Electorate
Drollene P. Brown, Co-founder
 
Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Lucas Benitez
 
Common Ground Florida
Lisa Perry, State Director
 
Concerned Citizens of Bayshore Community, Inc.
Steve Brodkin, Vice President/Secretary
 
Conservancy of Southwest Florida
Julianne Thomas, Senior Environmental Planning Specialist
 
Conservation Alliance of St. Lucie County
Pam Harting, Vice President
 
Cultural Arts Coalition
Dr. Anthony Greene, President
 
Cypress Cove Conservancy
Shane Duff, President
 
Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida (DECF)
Janelle J. Christensen, PhD, MPH, President
 
Earthjustice
Tania Galloni, Managing Attorney, Florida Office
 
Environment Florida
Jenna Stevens, State Director
 
Environmental Confederation of Southwest Florida
Becky Ayech, President
 
Everglades Law Center
Lisa Interlandi, Executive Director
 
eYes on Conservation 20/20
Barbara Manzo, Chair
 
Farmworker Association of Florida
Dr. Antonio Tovar, General Coordinator
 
Florida Bay Forever
Emma Haydocy, Executive Director
 
Florida Conservation Voters
Aliki Moncrief, Executive Director
 
Florida Defenders of the Environment
Jim Gross, Executive Director
 
Florida Oceanographic Society
Mark D. Perry, Executive Director
 
Florida Policy Institute
Sadaf Knight, CEO
 

Florida Public Interest Research Group (Florida PIRG)
Matt Casale, Environment Campaigns Director
 
Florida Rights of Nature Network
Chuck O’Neal, Chairman
 
Florida Springs Council
Ryan Smart, Executive Director
 
Florida Veterans for Common Sense Inc.
Gene Jones, President
 
Florida Voices for Animals
Myriam Parham, President
 
Florida Wildflower Foundation
Lisa Roberts, Executive Director
 
Florida's Nature Coast Conservancy
Jim Wortham, Vice President
 
Friends of Chassahowitzka
Ben Berauer, President
 
Friends of Lower Suwanee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges
John McPherson, President
 
Friends of Split Oak Forest
Valerie Anderson, President
 
Friends of the Everglades
Eve Samples, Executive Director
 
Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge
Nick Lefkow, President
 
Friends of the Wekiva River
John Pottinger, President
 
Friends of Warm Mineral Springs
Juliette Jones, Director
 
Goodwin Lumber Company, Inc.
Carol Goodwin, President
 
Green Horizon Land Trust Inc.
Marian Ryan, President
 
Hands Along the Water
Samantha Gentrup, Executive Director
 
Healthy Gulf
Christian Wagley, Coastal Organizer
 
Hillsborough County - Democratic Environmental Caucus of FL
Russell Conn, Chair
 
Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
Kate MacFall, Florida State Director
 
Indivisible St Johns FL
Mary Lawrence, Founder
 
Institute for Regional Conservation
George Gann, President
 
International Dark Sky Association Florida Chapter
Diana Umpierre, Chair
 
Jefferson Against the Toll Road
Mike Willis
 
Jefferson Progress and Preservation Committee
Michele Arceneaux, President 
 
League of Women Voters of Florida
Patti Brigham, President
 
League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County
Emily Hinsdale, Transportation Committee Chair
 
Lee Future
Donald F. Eslick, Founding Member
 
Main Street Motor Parts, Inc., Lutz, FL
Barbara Fite, President
 
ManaSota-88
Glenn Compton, Chair
 
Martin County Conservation Alliance
Thomas P. Bausch, Member, Board of Directors
 
Miakka Community Club
Sarah Lewis, Vice President
 
Miami-Dade Democratic Environmental Caucus
Dustin Thaler, Vice President
 
Mountain Lion Foundation
Debra Chase, CEO
 
National Parks Conservation Association
Melissa E. Abdo, Ph.D., Regional Director, Sun Coast
 
National Wildlife Federation
David Muth, Director, Gulf Restoration Program
 
Natural Resources Defense Council
Alison Kelly, Senior Attorney
 
OneProtest
Adam Sugalski, Executive Director
 
Our Santa Fe River
Michael Roth, President
 
Paddle Florida
Bill Richards, Executive Director
 
Peace River Audubon Society 
Bren Curtis, Conservation Chair and Board Member
 
Pelican Island Audubon Society
Richard Baker, Ph.D., President
 
Physicians for Social Responsibility Florida
Marybeth Dunn, MPH, Executive Director
 
Progress Florida
Mark Ferrulo, Executive Director
 
Rainbow River Conservation
Burt Eno, President
 
Ralf Brookes, Attorney
 
Rebah Farm
Carol Ahearn, Owner
 
ReThink Energy Florida
Kim Ross, Executive Director
 
Ridge Audubon
Sandy Madden, President
 
Rum 138
Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson, Owner

Rural Levy Says No Toll Roads
Kim Wheeler, Founder
 
Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation
James Evans, Environmental Policy Director
 
Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society
Karl Werner, Treasurer
 
Sarracenia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society
David Roddenberry, President
 
Save Orange County, Inc.
Kelly J Semrad, Vice Chair
 
Save Our Creeks
Carole Fields, Vice President
 
Save the Manatee Club
Pat Rose, Executive Director
 
Sea Turtle Conservancy
David Godfrey, Executive Director
 
Sierra Club
Cris Costello, Senior Organizing Manager
 
Silver Springs Alliance, Inc.
Chris Spontak, President
 
South Florida Wildlands Association
Matthew Schwartz, Executive Director
 
Speak Up Wekiva!
Chuck O’Neal
 
Springs Eternal Project
John Moran, Co-Director
 
Stonecrab Alliance
Karen Dwyer, Ph.D., Co-founder
 
The Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute
Robert L. Knight, Ph.D., Executive Director
 
United Waterfowlers-Florida, Inc.
Dennis Dutcher, Chairman of the Board
 
Vantage Point Network (VPN) Systems Inc.
Suzanne Suor and Edward W. Suor, Partners
 
W.A.R., Inc. (Withlacoochee Aquatic Restoration)
Dan Hilliard, President
 
Waterkeepers Florida 
Jen Lomberk, Esq., Vice-Chair 
 
WWALS Watershed Coalition
John S. Quarterman, Suwannee Riverkeeper
 
Young Leaders for Wild Florida
Oscar Psychas, Co-leader
 
100 Thousand Poets for Change
Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion, Founders


625 NW Santa Fe Blvd., LLC*
Mike and Judi Kearney, Co-owners