REMINDER—Save the Soul of the Santa Fe River — Music by Shine and the Shakers, Madwoman, and Tamayo

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Save the SOUL of the Santa Fe River In: REMINDER---Save the Soul of the Santa Fe River -- Music by Shine and the Shakers, Madwoman, and Tamayo | Our Santa Fe River, Inc. (OSFR) | Protecting the Santa Fe River

 

This should be a  great event with some great bands.  Note what Tamayo writes below:

It’s come to our attention that the owners of Ginnie Springs are abusing the Floridan Aquifer and taking advantage of the water we all share and love.

For this good reason the band refused to play at that venue.  Seven Springs/Ginnie continues to pump our water from our springs and aquifer with plans to increase the amount several times over.  This will draw down the spring with an inevitable negative impact.

The river there is staggering from over-pumping and nitrate pollution, yet our industry-serving water district renews their pumping permit and gives away more and more water.  They have no workable plans to restore the Santa Fe River and are working on lowering the minimum flows so that Ginnie and others can legally withdraw more.

We have a water management district that simply cannot say “no” to water users and sincerely believes their job is to issue a permit to anyone who applies.  They are doing the bidding of an incompetent Department of Environmental Protection which allows our springs and rivers to decrease in flow and increase in pollution year after year after year.  There is no end in sight and the DEP and the water district have no workable plans to fix it.  It is apparent that they plan to continue to issue permits until the river is dry.

Our only recourse is legal action.  This is very expensive even though there are caring lawyers who work for reduced rates.  But they must eat too, so we need your help.  Please come out and enjoy the bands while aiding a good cause.

Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
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– A river is like a life: once taken,
it cannot be brought back © Jim Tatum


Saturday September 11
Heartwood Soundstage, 619 S Main Street, Gainesville
Gates open at 6, music from 7-10
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. $10 for students.
Save the Soul of the Santa Fe River – featuring music by Shine and the Shakers, Madwoman, and Tamayo – will be held at Heartwood’s outdoor stage (619 S. Main St.) in Gainesville on September 11th. Concert proceeds will benefit the legal fight to protect the Santa Fe River from exploitation by bottled water companies.
Tamayo, one of the three bands that will perform, withdrew from a concert that was scheduled for Ginnie Springs recently, writing to their fans: “Friends and fans of Tamayo Band: After much thought and discussion, we have decided to cancel our show at Ginnie Springs this weekend. It’s come to our attention that the owners of Ginnie Springs are abusing the Floridan Aquifer and taking advantage of the water we all share and love. We have always prided ourselves on our activism, be it social or environmental, and we cannot in good conscience support a corporation that is exploiting the natural springs along the Santa Fe River.”
Here’s the link where anyone can buy tickets in advance:

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