Saturday, December 5, 2015

PRESS ADVISORY: December 9 press events to ask Senate President Gardiner, House Speaker Crisafulli for clean water fix

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Cris Costello, Sierra Club, 941-914-0421 (cell)

PRESS ADVISORY

100 plus organizations and businesses from Panhandle to the Keys ask Senate President Gardiner, House Speaker Crisafulli for clean water fix

Simultaneous press conferences to be held at legislative leadership offices and at Glen Springs/Ring Park in Gainesville.

Orlando
When: Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Press conference: 11:00 am; delivery at 11:20 am

Where:  Office of Senate President Andy Gardiner
1013 East Michigan Street, Orlando, FL 32806

Local contact:  Katie Tripp, Save the Manatee Club, 407-539-0990

Merritt Island
When:  Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Press conference: 11:00 am; delivery at 11:20 am

Where:  Office of House Speaker Steve Crisafulli
2460 North Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island, FL 32953-4193

Local contact:  Phil Stasik, Space Coast Progressive Alliance, 321-455-2221

Gainesville
Where:  Ring Park, 1801 NW 23rd Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32601

Local contact:  Maryvonne Devensky, Sierra Club, 352-871-1606; Whitey Markle, Sierra Club, 352-595-5131

What:  Dozens of civic groups and businesses will simultaneously gather in front of the district offices of Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner and House Speaker Crisafulli and Glen Springs to ask for leadership to strengthen water legislation that fails to protect state’s water bodies and endangers human health.  Delivery of the letter to Senate President Gardiner and House Speaker Crisafulli offices will immediately follow the press conference.

Why:  Florida’s world-class lakes, rivers, and springs and estuaries are in declining health. Our state’s shimmering waters have turned green and many are making us sick. This has had a severe impact on our environment, local businesses and property values.

New House and Senate water bills (HB 7005 and SB 552) fall far short of what is needed to reverse this trend and local businesses and residents can no longer afford to wait.

House Speaker Steve Crisafulli and Senate President Gardner have the power to change that. They can allow amendments to the bills when the new session begins in January that would strengthen the bills to do the job.

**VISUALS** Signs, photos, posters, and delivery of letter in Merritt Island and Orlando.

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