Friday, October 18, 2019

BE THERE: Resources for Roads to Ruin (M-CORES) task force meetings on 10/22, 23, and 30

Once again, we are mobilizing for the M-CORES (roads to ruin) Task Force meetings.  This time there are three separate meetings on three separate days:

October 22, 2019
College of Central Florida Citrus Learning and Conference Center
3800 S Lecanto Hwy, Lecanto, FL 34461 (Citrus County)
Begins at 10 a.m. 
Public comment starts at 4:30 pm
College of Central Florida Citrus Learning and Conference Center
3800 S Lecanto Highway, Lecanto, FL 34461
Begins at 10 a.m. 
Public comment starts at 4:30 pm
Agenda
Polk State College - Lakeland Campus
3425 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, FL 33803
Begins at 10 a.m. 
Public comment starts at 4:30 pm
Agenda  
   
NO ROADS TO RUIN RESOURCES:
1.    New talking points:  M-CORES = Big Sham, Big Bucks, Big Questions
2.    Fact sheet from August 27
3.    To make a visual statement, we will have red “sham” and green “no roads to ruin” cards for you to hold up during the meeting.  When a speaker opposes the plan we will raise the green cards and when a speaker promotes the plan we will raise the red cards.  In this way we can be “heard” throughout the day.
4.    No roads to ruin stickers.
Please find a coalition partner at the meeting to get your cards, talking points, stickers and fact sheets.

Earlier this year, the state passed legislation to fast-track three major new toll roads that will destroy large swaths of Florida’s last remaining rural lands, pollute waterways, and threaten endangered wildlife, including the iconic Florida panther.

Now we fight back.  Because once we pave over these wild places, there are no do overs.

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Finally, you may have noticed we didn’t mention the open houses that are also scheduled after each task force meeting.  We didn’t mention them because they don’t serve our purposes.  Our opposition needs to be seen and heard by the task force members and we need to see and hear them.  The open houses may give FDOT the ability to claim more "stakeholder involvement" but open house attendees will be all but invisible to the task force members.  If you are going to come out to one M-CORES event this month, please make it a task force meeting and not an open house.

Many regards on behalf of the whole NRTR Steering Committee,
Cris

Cris Costello
Organizing Manager
Sierra Club
2127 S. Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229
941-914-0421

Lindsay Cross
Government Relations Director
Florida Conservation Voters (FCV)
727-642-1563

Mark Ferrulo
Executive Director
Progress Florida
727-289-2612 office

Sarah Gledhill
Senior Florida Field Campaigner
Center for Biological Diversity (CBD)
904-347-6490

Anne Michelle Harvey
Staff Attorney
Save the Manatee Club
500 N. Maitland Ave.
Maitland, FL 32751
Office: 407-539-0990

Ryan Smart
Florida Springs Council
P.O. Box 268
High Springs, FL 32655

Julianne Thomas
Conservancy of Southwest Florida
1495 Smith Preserve Way
Naples, FL  34102