Following is a commentary by Ryan Smart, Executive Director of the Florida Springs Council, representing about 360,000 Floridians, and a letter signed by 50 organizations and businesses. Among them is OSFR.
Senate Bill 712, written originally mostly by Sen. Debbie Mayfield, was a wonderful bill designed to alleviate many of the water problems in Florida. Had it been enacted and enforced, Florida would have taken major steps to turn around the abuses and atrocities heaped on our waters by all sorts of users and polluters.
Alas, it was not to be.
The bill that went to the governor’s desk was nothing like the original. What remained was a bill with a name that sounded like something the environmentalists would write, but it was actually written by industry and those wanting free water and no restrictions on polluting.
None of that matters a whit because the preemption amendment which takes local powers away nullifies whatever good thing it might contain and makes it a horrible bill regardless.
Tallahassee politicians want “federalist” powers with preemption over all local governments so they may sell their votes to corporations. These people are working to leave the people with fewer and fewer options to have a voice in our government.