December 13, 2008
RALLY NOW TO SUPPORT U.S. SUGAR
week, the South Florida Water Management District will continue its
review of the U.S. Sugar purchase and is scheduled to vote on whether to
approve the deal. This deal must be approved.
Michael Sole, Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection said “this acquisition represents one of the more important
opportunities to protect the Everglades
ecosystem in recent years.” We agree with Secretary Sole that this is
the single greatest
opportunity to restore the Everglades and improve the water quality in the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers Estuaries.
meeting takes place on
Monday and Tuesday, December 15 and 16. We all need to tell the Governing Board, collectively
and individually, to say "Yes." While there are concerns over some
of the lease terms, we believe they should approve the deal now.
There are many people and
“special interest” organizations being rallied to oppose this decision.
have been reports all week about groups in south Florida who both support and oppose the
deal. We need a loud voice for support. The Governing Board needs to hear from
you with a strong message to vote YES to approve the purchase. If voted down we could lose one of
the greatest opportunities in the battle to
improve water quality.
WE NEED TO RALLY NOW !!
are my comments to each board member and a suggested letter. Make
sure you send written comments to the special email@example.com e-mail as well, so it will get
entered into the official public record. Below are the Governing
Board members' individual e-mail addresses.
SFWMD Governing Board:
writing as Chairman of the PURRE Water Coalition (People United to Restore
our Rivers and Estuaries). Located in Southwest Florida, our mission is to
promote programs and policies that will improve water quality in South Florida. Over the last three years, more than
2,000 of our residents have joined our cause.
decision before you this week, the approval of the purchase agreement with the U.S.
Sugar Corporation, represents
the greatest opportunity in our history for Everglades restoration. Although it
is comprehensive and presents some challenges in our future, it is imperative we say “YES” to the purchase of U.S. Sugar
farmlands and move forward.
June Gov. Charlie Crist recognized this as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to revive the River of Grass
and complete the reconnection between Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades. This transaction will provide the
greatest opportunity we have to store and treat water that will benefit America’s Everglades, Lake Okeechobee and
River and St. Lucie
River estuaries. We have supported this position since the forming of
PURRE and ask you today to say “Yes” and truly restore the greater Everglades
J. Valiquette, Chairman
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Chairman and Governing Board Members:
copy to each board member)
Tuesday, you are scheduled to vote to acquire a vast amount of acreage in
the Everglades Agricultural Area.
This acquisition will significantly improve our
chances of restoring the Everglades to its original condition while
improving the water quality of Lake Okeechobee, and of the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers’ estuaries as well. Although we recognize that
the proposal before you has challenges, the time for action is now, and the question you
face is whether or not to buy land in an area that is critical for Everglades restoration. If
the purchase of this land is not approved, there is no assurance we will
ever regain this opportunity. We respectfully ask you to support the
purchase of this land without additional delay. Thank you for all your hard
your email letter to SFWMD GOVERNING BOARD:
IMPORTANT--For the public record: firstname.lastname@example.org
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