Reclaiming Florida’s Future for All is the theme of Advocacy Day 2019. Organized principally by ReThink Energy, many co-sponsors included Environment Florida, Food and Water Watch-Florida, Floridians Against Fracking, Physicians for Social Responsibility Florida, Sierra Club Florida, Center for Biological Diversity, Ignite Change, Florida Student Power Network, Earth Justice, Foundation for Florida Environmental Protection, Florida Native Plant Society, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and many more!
OSFR was well represented, with four board members present and working. The carefully-made, complicated schedule worked part of the time, with little leeway between meetings, and with meetings always in alternating Senate/House buildings, making for scurrying and searching.
30 minutes was not enough for lunch, served several blocks away, even if it was free. But your historian did not go hungry thanks to the Tampa Bay Bucs for a smile and a small bag containing a Cuban sandwich, cookie and chips, freely given in the Courtyard, much closer than the planned lunch on College St.
Another reason I am a bucs fan.
Various members of the OSFR core group, headed by Area Captain Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson, and including President Mike Roth, Kristin Rubin, Sarah Younger and your historian, visited several legislators/aides, including Bradley, Perry, Watson, Stone, Brannan, Clemons, and had walkbys with many others, some of which included Ferguson, Payne, Cummings, Montford and Galvano.
The day was not a day for harvest but rather one for sowing seeds and hoping for later fruit.
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
-A river is like a life: once taken, it cannot be brought back-