Thursday, February 11, 2016

Have a Heart, Save Our Parks protests to be held at 9 State Parks on Saturday, February 13


February 10, 2016               
Contact:  Frank Jackalone

Have a Heart, Save Our Parks protests to be held at 9 State Parks on Saturday, February 13.

Hundreds to demand Florida drop plans for cattle grazing, logging and hunting 

Who: Hundreds of Sierra Club members and concerned citizens

When: Saturday, February 13, 2016

·         Blue Spring State Park - 2100 W French Ave., Orange City, 9:00 a.m.
·         Fort George Island State Park - 11241 Fort George Road, Jacksonville, 9:30 a.m.
·         Fort Pierce Inlet State Park - 905 Shorewinds Dr., Fort Pierce, 10:00 a.m.
·         Hillsborough River State Park - 15402 US Hwy 301, Thonotosassa, 10:00 a.m.
·         Hugh Taylor Birch State Park - 3109 E Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 10:00 a.m.
·         Wekiwa Springs State Park - 1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka, 10:00 a.m.
·         Wakulla Springs State Park - 365 Wakulla Park Drive, Wakulla, 11:00 a.m.
·         Fort Clinch State Park - 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach, 1:00p.m.           
·         Oleta River State Park - 3400 NE 163rd St., North Miami, 1:00 p.m

Note: Time listed above are event start times. Please see full details at

What:  Hundreds of Sierra Club members will gather at state parks across Florida to demand protection of their state parks against attempts by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to turn them into profit centers.  The Have a Heart, Save Our Parks events will raise awareness of Florida’s award-winning state parks and protest proposals by Florida DEP to allow hunting, timbering or cattle grazing in our state parks.  Speakers at the events will explain why these proposals would disrupt and destroy the value of Florida’s state parks as tourist destinations, public recreation sites and pristine examples of preserved natural Florida.  

‘Development, industry and agriculture have transformed most of Florida’s unique ecology to concrete, turf grass and steel,” said Rocky Milburn, Sierra Florida Executive Committee Member and state coordinator of the events.  “The value of our state park lands lie in their undisturbed natural beauty, not sold to the highest bidder for hunting, timbering and cattle grazing, or handed off to private landowners to manage."