In one of its first actions at its first official board meeting, FLORIDA voted to sign the Resolution Against Phosphate Mines in Florida, December 19, 2018.
This opposition throughout Florida to phosphate mines anywhere in the state is especially timely, with public hearings and a vote coming up in January soon in Bradford County on the HPS II phosphate mine application.
A dozen of its thirteen members had already signed for their individual organizations. According to its bylaws, all members of WATERKEEPERS Florida are now signed on with the organization. Besides, the thirteenth member, Lake Worth Waterkeeper Reinaldo Diaz, voted aye with the rest in this teleconference board meeting.
In other business, St. Johns Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman was elected Chair, and Matanzas Riverkeeper Jen Lomberk was elected Vice Chair, both unanimously with no discussion or dissent. This was not surprising, since they had been the principal movers of the formation of WATERKEEPERS Florida.
The board agreed that the formal contact information for the new organization would be c/o:
St. Johns Riverkeeper, Inc.
2800 University Blvd N, Jacksonville, FL 32211
The thirteen organizational members of WATERKEEPERS Florida, with their board representatives, are listed here, in alphabetical order:
- Apalachicola Riverkeeper, Georgia Ackerman
- Calusa Waterkeeper, [John Cassani]
- Collier County Waterkeeper, Harrison Langley
- Emerald Coastkeeper, [Laurie Murphy]
- Indian Riverkeeper, Marty Baum
- Lake Worth Waterkeeper, Reinaldo Diaz
- Miami Waterkeeper, Rachel Silverstein
- Matanzas Riverkeeper, Jen Lomberk
- Suncoast Waterkeeper, Justin Bloom
- Suwannee Riverkeeper, John S. Quarterman
- St. Johns Riverkeeper, Lisa Rinaman
- St. Marys Riverkeeper, Rick Frey
- Tampa Bay Waterkeeper, Andy Hayslip
* Those in [square brackets] were not on the teleconference, but are the usual representatives of their organizations.
Further topics were discussed, and doubtless there will be further announcements by Matanzas Riverkeeper Jen Lomberk, who as Vice Chair is in charge of agendas, minutes, and PR for WATERKEEPERS Florida.
PS: There is no logo yet for WATERKEEPERS Florida, so for this resolution I picked up the font and color for WATERKEEPERS from WATERKEEPERS Carolina, and anybody from near Gainesville, Florida, will recognize the color used for Florida.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®