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Florida Governor puts angling & clean water ahead of Big Sugar’s money

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This is about Florida but many of you may visit the state to visit family, fish or just relax. For those of you not familiar with Florida politics, the sugar industry wields much power and is know as Big Sugar with good reason. While not solely sugar’s fault, the algae issues of years past is at the feet of big ag in Florida. 
 

Captains for Clean Waters is a grass roots organization that has arisen out of Algaegeddon a few years back. Dealing with the flows out of Lake O was just part of what they sought to do. Replenishing natural flow and restoring sea grass populations is another big goal. 

 

They are doing great work as exemplified below. I give to them via payroll dedication at work. I wrote and called as well on this specific bill. 

 

Cheers to Gov DeSantis for bucking Big Sugar, as well as some Tallahassee Republicans who are not as independent. 

Governor DeSantis Vetoes SB 2508, Thanks To YOUR Efforts! 

A message from our founders:

 
Today, Governor DeSantis proved that he heard the voices of thousands of fishing guides, boat captains, business owners, and concerned citizens throughout Florida by vetoing Senate Bill 2508.
 
In early February, the Florida Senate filed SB 2508 late on a Friday night as a budget conforming bill intending to quietly fast track major policy changes that would write into law the preferential treatment of the industrial sugar industry. This sneak attack undermined the proper legislative processes and short-circuited the opportunity for public input.
 
Captains For Clean Water organized and responded with massive public awareness campaigns and public action opportunities, leading the groundswell of opposition against the bill.
 
Over 50,000 Captains For Clean Water supporters like YOU expressed opposition through 156,000 emailsto legislators, 1,500 phone calls to legislators, 50,000 petition signatures, and multiple trips to the State Capitol, forcing the Florida Senate to amend the bill twice removing most of the harmful Everglades language and the proviso language that held hostage $300+ million in state Everglades funding contingent on passage of 2508.
 
Dozens of fishing guides canceled booked chartersand lost thousands of dollars of income to travel to Tallahassee to publicly oppose Senate Bill 2508. At the first committee hearing for the bill, Senate leaders used intimidation tactics claiming guides had been misinformed, misled, and did not understand the nuances of legislative language.
 
When we produced videos and social content to inform the public about the corruption unfolding, proponents of the bill attempted to censor us, threatening legal action. They deployed slander campaigns against Captains For Clean Water and targeted Floridians with misinformation materials.
 
Time and again, they tried to silence our voices and tip the scales against us. This only made us stronger.Together with our supporters, we kept going and we fought harder.
 
Capt. C.A. Richardson said it best in his remarks to the Florida Senate Appropriations Committee, “They don’t quit when they’re tired. They quit when they’re done…and they are not done.”
 
To Capt. Richardson and all of you, your efforts have absolutely paid off. Today, we are “done” with the SB 2508 battle.
 
Thank you to our supporters—every fishing guide, boat captain, outdoor brand, business owner and citizen that signed our petition, contacted lawmakers, traveled to Tallahassee and came together to urge Governor DeSantis to oppose Senate Bill 2508. You were the 
groundswell that finally swamped Senate Bill 2508.
 
Sincerely,
Capt. Daniel Andrews & Capt. Chris Wittman

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6 mins ago, flyangler said:

This is about Florida but many of you may visit the state to visit family, fish or just relax. For those of you not familiar with Florida politics, the sugar industry wields much power and is know as Big Sugar with good reason. While not solely sugar’s fault, the algae issues of years past is at the feet of big ag in Florida. 
 

Captains for Clean Waters is a grass roots organization that has arisen out of Algaegeddon a few years back. Dealing with the flows out of Lake O was just part of what they sought to do. Replenishing natural flow and restoring sea grass populations is another big goal. 

 

They are doing great work as exemplified below. I give to them via payroll dedication at work. I wrote and called as well on this specific bill. 

 

Cheers to Gov DeSantis for bucking Big Sugar, as well as some Tallahassee Republicans who are not as independent. 

Governor DeSantis Vetoes SB 2508, Thanks To YOUR Efforts! 

A message from our founders:

 
Today, Governor DeSantis proved that he heard the voices of thousands of fishing guides, boat captains, business owners, and concerned citizens throughout Florida by vetoing Senate Bill 2508.
 
In early February, the Florida Senate filed SB 2508 late on a Friday night as a budget conforming bill intending to quietly fast track major policy changes that would write into law the preferential treatment of the industrial sugar industry. This sneak attack undermined the proper legislative processes and short-circuited the opportunity for public input.
 
Captains For Clean Water organized and responded with massive public awareness campaigns and public action opportunities, leading the groundswell of opposition against the bill.
 
Over 50,000 Captains For Clean Water supporters like YOU expressed opposition through 156,000 emailsto legislators, 1,500 phone calls to legislators, 50,000 petition signatures, and multiple trips to the State Capitol, forcing the Florida Senate to amend the bill twice removing most of the harmful Everglades language and the proviso language that held hostage $300+ million in state Everglades funding contingent on passage of 2508.
 
Dozens of fishing guides canceled booked chartersand lost thousands of dollars of income to travel to Tallahassee to publicly oppose Senate Bill 2508. At the first committee hearing for the bill, Senate leaders used intimidation tactics claiming guides had been misinformed, misled, and did not understand the nuances of legislative language.
 
When we produced videos and social content to inform the public about the corruption unfolding, proponents of the bill attempted to censor us, threatening legal action. They deployed slander campaigns against Captains For Clean Water and targeted Floridians with misinformation materials.
 
Time and again, they tried to silence our voices and tip the scales against us. This only made us stronger.Together with our supporters, we kept going and we fought harder.
 
Capt. C.A. Richardson said it best in his remarks to the Florida Senate Appropriations Committee, “They don’t quit when they’re tired. They quit when they’re done…and they are not done.”
 
To Capt. Richardson and all of you, your efforts have absolutely paid off. Today, we are “done” with the SB 2508 battle.
 
Thank you to our supporters—every fishing guide, boat captain, outdoor brand, business owner and citizen that signed our petition, contacted lawmakers, traveled to Tallahassee and came together to urge Governor DeSantis to oppose Senate Bill 2508. You were the 
groundswell that finally swamped Senate Bill 2508.
 
Sincerely,
Capt. Daniel Andrews & Capt. Chris Wittman

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Our recreational water activities are an estimated $10b economic impact against big sugar at $3b annually, pretty easy choice to make even on an economic basis in both short term and definitely in long term since nuking our water quality will destroy our state on all fronts

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7 hours ago, jmlandru said:

Only took 400 years.

The glades are ****ed like every river and stream in the North East.

There is a restoration plan in place, to try to restore some of the sheet of water that came before Big AG and the Army Corp decided that they knew better than nature. Billions have been committed to the effort. 

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My sister is on the left side of the spectrum snd she used to howl how desantis was controlled by big sugar. I sent her this today and got radio silence. Lol.

 

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Great start. Now do something about the septic tank issues. All the rivers in SWFL have fecal content. Some so high they tell you to not swim in them. 
 

the septic tank and the lack of inspections of them is a major problem here. 

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1 hour ago, SallyGrowler said:

My sister is on the left side of the spectrum snd she used to howl how desantis was controlled by big sugar. I sent her this today and got radio silence. Lol.

 

:howdy:

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5 mins ago, saltfisherman said:

Great start. Now do something about the septic tank issues. All the rivers in SWFL have fecal content. Some so high they tell you to not swim in them. 
 

the septic tank and the lack of inspections of them is a major problem here. 

:agree:

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All states should follow his lead and value what makes his state profitable and a desirable fishing destination.

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