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Join the Surfrider Foundation and Florida Coastal and Ocean Coalition on March 24th and 25th at the Florida Capitol for Florida Coasts & Oceans Day!
We’ll kick things off with a lobbying training session on March 24th from 6:00-7:30pm at 621 Gallery, followed by a reception and mixer at Grasslands Brewery!
On March 25th we’ll have educational displays from other environmental causes and will spend the day meeting with legislators and attending committee meetings, touring the capitol, and networking with other ocean champions from across the state!
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The Florida Chapters of the Surfrider Foundation have been hard at work crafting a new bill to deal with plastic bags in Florida. Current state law prohibits local governments from banning, taxing, or limiting plastic bags in any way. For the past two years we have worked to overturn that ban, but this year we’re trying something a little different! Representative David Richardson (Miami-Dade), has filed HB661, “Disposable Plastic Bags.” The bill allows communities with a population of under 100,000 to establish pilot programs for the regulation or ban of single use plastic bags. This bill is a great first step in reducing plastic pollution in Florida. Click here to read the bill. If you’re looking for ways to help, please take a moment to contact your State Senator and State Representative and ask them for their support of HB661. We’re looking for co-sponsors and advocates, to make sure this bill makes it into law this year! You can also ask your city commission to consider a resolution of support, and to consider becoming a pilot program community when the bill becomes law! Click here to learn more about our Rise Above Plastics campaign in Florida!
Did you know that the Florida Legislature prohibits local communities in Florida from regularing, taxing, banning or limiting plastic bags? That’s right- it’s against the law for a town to ban bags in Florida!
To show the Florida Legislature that the bag ban preemption is NOT the will of the people, volunteers all over the state have been diligently gathering resolutions of support from their home towns. To date, twelve communities had passed resolutions asking for the ability to regulate bags at the local level. The communities range from St. Augustine to Miami Beach to Melboune Beach to Key Biscayne!
Congratulations to Jayson Koch, Miami Chapter Executive Committee member, RAP Coordinator, and our November Volunteer of the Month! Miami Chapter Chair Scott Stripling writes, “Jayson joined Surfrider Miami 4 years ago and immediately focused his passion & energy on RAP. He was a quick study taking in our chapter’s existing efforts and digging in on developing a comprehensive plan to share RAP goals and initiatives with the Miami area community. Jayson quickly realized we had to go beyond consumer education and on to the business community who puts the plastic in consumers hands. Business initiatives include the US Bartending Guild initiative: “Skip the straw + hold the napkins + rinse/reuse my glass” and getting our chapter involved with the Greater Miami & Beaches Hotel Association. We are members of GMBHA now involved in their Sustainability Committee and attending networkers to bring the RAP message to business owners/operators.
He recognized the potential of the Bag Monster and pushed us to order one … that we broke out on Ocean Drive for former Surfrider CEO Jim Moriarty’s visit in 2012, and remains a huge success and highly desired special guest in Miami. Hope you all saw the picture of Jayson, the Bag Monster & Kelly Slater.
Jayson has negotiated deals for reusable SF Miami bags which have 3 SF logos. He has also negotiated a deal with Method plastics and we now have 3 method containers to store collected ocean and coastal plastics from our cleanups.
And his most important contribution & leadership effort – lobbying local governments to reduce plastics. In the last 2 years Jayson has managed outreach to several municipalities to push plastic bag and polystyrene bans. He successfully pushed a Plastic Bag resolution in the Village of Pinecrest (his ‘hood) and leveraged Mayer Cindy Lerner into an introduction to the South Florida League of Cities. We attended their large gathering and now the Resolution efforts will gain momentum throughout South Florida! The City of Miami Beach will sign next and Surfside is on board to sign shortly!
Jayson’s persistence has made Surfrider Miami a major player in the environmental movement in south Florida!
He is presently reaching out to local state legislators to make sure a bill to overturn the current Bag Ban preemption law is passed in Spring 2015 session.
Jayson manages all these accomplishments while being a husband and raising two young sons. Naturally, Jayson has spoken at and influenced his kids’ Pinecrest school to have the cafeteria go polystyrene free and promote plastic free school fairs and festivals. Recently, Jayson has received his state accredited realtors license and is an agent with EWM. Somebody give this man a CEO position! Holy cow!”
“Jayson is an inspiration! His enthusiasm and determination to reduce single use plastics in his community and in the state he loves should serve as a model to all of us! I can’t wait to see what Jayson and the rest of the outstanding Miami Chapter volunteers are able to accomplish.” writes Surfrider Foundation’s Regional Manager Holly Parker.
Thank you, Jayson, for everything that you do to protect our oceans, waves and beaches!
In 2008, the Florida Legislature adopted a bill prohibiting local governments from banning plastic bags until the Department of Environmental Protection creates recycling recommendations, and they are adopted by the Legislature. The Department of Environmental Protection drafted those recommendations in 2010, but the Florida Legislature STILL hasn’t adopted them! So, the Surfrider Foundation is working with local governments across the state to pass resolutions asking the Legislature to give them the authority to regulate, tax, limit or ban plastic bags. In the past few months, we’re successfully partnered with a number of cities and municipalities:
To learn more about our Rise Above Plastics efforts, or for help getting a resolution passed in your city or county contact Holly Parker at email@example.com
Save the date, on September 20th and 21st, the Surfrider Foundation – Sebastian Inlet Chapter will be hosting the Regular Joe Surf Festival! For all Surfrider Foundation members there is a special category- Keepers of the Coast AND you get $25 off of registration!
The Surfrider Foundation – Palm Beach County Chapter recently partnered with Nomad Surf Shop and Morgan Stanley to celebrate Int’l Surfing Day at Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach.
Saltwater Brewery made a special batch using Sea Grape wood to create 6 kegs of “Surfrider Session Ale.” Pints sold for $5 and all the money was donated to the Chapter. Nomad Surf Shop donated a surfboard that was hand painted by Saltwater Brewery’s Peter Agardy and raffled off along with other items including concert tickets and local photography prints. The raffle tickets were sold for $1 each and raised approximately $1500 during the 3 hour party.
– ARTIKaL Sound System will be playing on the outside patio!
– 6’6 Nomad surfboard hand-painted by Peter Agardy being raffled off! PRICELESS
– Saltwater Brewery’s one time release of Seagrape wood aged “Surfrider Seesion Ale!”
– Everyone in attendance at 8pm receives a free Surfrider Session Ale for a toast
– And a long list of other raffles listed below…
AEG Live hooked us up with a pair of tickets to each of the following concerts coming to the Sunset Cove Amphitheater:
– 311 w/ Special Guest The Expendables on July 26th
– Soulshine Tour w/ Michael Franti & Spearhead, Soja, Brett Dennen & Trevor Hall on July 29th
– Slightly Stoopid , Stephen Marley and G-Love & Special Sauce on August 16th
Congratulations on a great event, Palm Beach County Chapter! For pics and additional info, click here!