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Not just about the environment

By Staff | Jun 10, 2015

To the editor:

Dave Waks and I attended the Saturday (May 23) Rally for Our Waters at the Alliance for the Arts. The rallying cry was “Finish the Job,” which was chanted loudly by the approximately 200 attendees, including Sanibel residents. Many carried signs that said “Protect Our Waters,” “Finish the Job,” and “Fund Water and Land Conservation.”

The message was directed toward the Florida Legislature which convene(d) for a special session in Tallahassee on June 1 to pass the state budget and decide how to spend Amendment 1 funds. One speaker after another emphasized the voters “to do” list.

* Fund Florida Forever & acquire the land south of Lake O.

* Fund Everglades restoration.

Attendees and speakers from Florida’s Water and Land Legacy, SCCF, DCI, COTI, the Audubon Society, the Sierra Club, and the League of Women Voters emphasized that 75 percent of Florida voters supported these goals by voting in favor of Amendment 1. The underlying message was clear: If our legislators don’t listen to the will of the people now, the people will hold them accountable in the next election.

Ray Judah, who has worked tirelessly on behalf of this cause, told the crowd not to give up. Several speakers expressed the hope that state elected officials Florida Gov. Rick Scott, our Florida senators, and members of the House of Representatives will stop the current game playing and show leadership. This is not “just” about the environment-it concerns our economy and the quality of life of our citizens.

Sandy Teger

Sanibel Island