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Bullsugar People North of Miami: Thank you for posting and reading some our sugar related blog posts here at Eye on Miami. I love what you are all doing: Uniting to help save Florida.
Both Alan and I are environmentalists first, we have worked together as environmentalists before starting this blog in 2006 and we have not been paid nor do we take advertising. We have always been involved with issues over sugar pollution and other water pollution. We both have garnered the John V. Kabler Award from the Everglades Coalition (over 50 member Environmental Groups), Alan in 2003 and I got it in 2007.
The blog was started because we realized without good politicians you can't expect good results. If any of you voted for Rick Scott, you should not be surprised when you see your pristine water turn brown. It is not just him, his influence goes further. His appointees are not helping us. The solution of releasing polluted water from the Lake to both Coasts has to stop and no one in State Government has the will to do it, or the will to stop Big Sugar from dumping tainted water off their land into the ecosystem.
I know many of you shun Democratic candidates in Florida but unless we turn around our State Legislature, all the complaining in the world will not keep our environment healthy. I implore you to educate yourself before you vote. I know only a couple of candidates running in your area. Christopher McVoy, a Scientist working on the Everglades, dismissed by the South Florida Water Management District during the funding purge by the Florida Legislature a few years back. Scientists were the first to go. Chris was a great advocate of the Everglades and he cares deeply about the Environment. The only other candidate I know is Adam Locke. Adam I have known for decades. He is running for Property Appraiser of St. Lucie County. We met as windsurfers and both became environmentalists. He is a good listener and he is very clever, he thinks out of the box. Adam loves the water for recreating, he cares about clean water issues and he is horrified by the condition of the water now and the fish kills. His twin daughters are great sailors and his wife Julie is also an environmental advocate. Adam and I fought environmental issues together way back when in Miami.
The point here is not just to mention candidates. I am telling you we have to CHANGE the legislature to preserve Florida's glorious environmental gifts. We need a purge of the Republican dominated State House and Senate. For example John Thrasher was one of the worst politicians for the Environment. Read our archives on him. Who remembers Thrasher? He began his political career in 1986 and wreaked havoc on the environment until he left office in 2014. And you wonder why we have problems? The only Environmentalist Republican I know is Ray Judah of Fort Myers, and he was drummed out of office by his own party in 2012. He was fighting against the water releases to the West Coast.
Environmentalist have to constantly turn to expensive petition drives to put things in the Constitution because we can't count on our leadership in Tallahassee. Whine all you want, but until you take action with who you elect, and fork over some dough to good candidates, nothing will change.