Sunday, April 14, 2013

Floridians to demand legislative action on toxic algae at 10 events on Monday



Communities Across Florida to Decry Legislature’s Moves To Keep
Toxic Tides and Green Slime on Steady Diet of Sewage and Fertilizer

WHO: Concerned citizens, waterfront businesses, public health and environmental advocates.

WHEN:  Monday, April 15, 2013 at 10:00 am in all locations except West Palm Beach (9:30 am)

WHAT: A diverse group of individuals and organizations will bring victims of Florida’s water quality crisis together to challenge HB 7115 and SB 1808 – the bills now sprinting toward passage that would leave Florida’s waters, and the people who live along them, without protection against toxic algae outbreaks. Letters/photos will be delivered to legislators after the press conferences.

WHERE: Ten communities at risk from toxic algae fueled by nutrient (nitrogen and phosphorous) pollution: Orlando, Merritt Island, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Jacksonville, Ft. Myers, Palm City, Gainesville, Ocala, and West Palm Beach.

*There will be protesters and visuals*

Locations and Contact Info --

Ft. Myers
Office of State Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto
10:00 – 10:30 AM
1926 Victoria Avenue, 2nd Floor, Ft. Myers, FL 33901 (outside in front of office)
Contact: Alexis Meyer (Sierra Club), 727-490-8215

Office of Representative Clovis Watson, Jr.
10:00 – 10:30 AM
2815 Northwest 13th Street, Suite 202, Gainesville, FL 32609 (outside in front of office)
Contact: Annette Long (Save Our Suwannee, Inc.), 352-490-8930, 352-213-2167

Palm City
Office of Senator Joe Negron
10:00 – 10:30 AM
204 3500 SW Corporate Parkway, Palm City, FL 34990 (outside in front of office)
Contact:  Marty Baum (Indian Riverkeeper), 772-631-5827

Merritt Island
Office of State Representative Crisafulli
10:00 – 10:30 AM
2460 N. Courtenay Pkwy, Merritt Island, FL 32953 (outside in front of office)
Contacts: Mark Jacobs (Save Our Aquifer), 321-504-3668
Linda Behret (Turtle Coast Sierra Club), 321-639-7302

Northbank Riverwalk
10:00 – 10:30 AM
Directly behind the Riverside YMCA by the Tillie Fowler Memorial
Contact: Lisa Rinaman (St. Johns Riverkeeper), 904-509-3260

Office of Senator Charlie Dean
10:00 – 10:30 AM
315 SE 25th Avenue, Ocala, FL 34471 (outside in front of office)
Contact: Barbara Schwartz (Silver Springs Alliance), 352-216-6238

Office of Senator Andy Gardiner
10:00 – 10:30 AM
1013 East Michigan Street, Orlando, FL 32806 (outside in front of office)
Contact: Macy Zander (Sierra Club), 260-450-4946

Office of State Representative Ray Pilon
10:00 – 10:30 AM
1660 Ringling Blvd, Suite 310-311, Sarasota, FL 34236 (outside on corner of Ringling Blvd and Pine Pl) Contact: Cris Costello (Sierra Club), 941-914-0421

St. Petersburg
Office of State Senator Jeff Brandes
10:00 – 10:30 AM
3637 Fourth Street North, Suite 101, St. Petersburg, FL 33704 (outside in front of office)
Contact: Cathy Harrelson (Gulf Restoration Network), 727-415-8805

West Palm Beach 
South Florida Water Management District Headquarters
9:30-10:00 AM
3301 Gun Club Road, B1 Building Auditorium, West Palm Beach, FL 33406 (outside in front of office)
Contact: Jon Ullman (Sierra Club), 305-860-9888


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1990 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg, FL 33712