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Nov. 20th, 2015
Greetings Friends of our Oceans,
Believe it or not, we’re already very close to the 2016 Legislative Session! Here’s what you need to know about our bag bill this year.
- Representative Richardson and Senator Bullard have filed Disposable Bags (HB143/S306) for the 2016 Legislative Session. This bill is identical to last year’s legislation, with one minor addition- we have defined coastal communities as those touching the Gulf, Atlantic or a bay.
- HB143/S306 would allow municipalities with populations under 100,000 to create a pilot program to regulate or ban single-use plastic bags.
- The pilot program runs until 2019 and is limited to coastal communities.
- HB143/S306 restores home rule and gives local governments the ability to protect their communities from the harmful impacts single-use plastics.
How you can help:
- Contact Rep. Tom Goodson, Chair of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee and ask him to put HB143, Disposable Bags, on the committee agenda ASAP. (321) 383-5151, email@example.com
- Contact Sen. Charlie Dean, Chair of the Senate Environmental Preservation & Conservation Committee and ask him to put S306, Disposable Bags, on the committee agenda ASAP. (352) 860-5175, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact YOUR Senator & Representative and ask them to support the bill and sign on as a co-sponsor!
- Contact your city and county commission and ask them to pass a resolution of support! Over twenty cities have passed resolutions! Attached is a sample resolution.
- Save the date for Florida Coasts & Oceans Day in Tallahassee on January 21st. Visit your legislators at the Capitol and help pass the bag bill!
Click here to download talking points, and you can find additional information on our bag ban efforts here. Please let me know if you have any questions, and thanks for all your efforts to protect our oceans, waves and beaches!
Florida Regional Manager
It has not been a short journey- it started years ago with a ban on foam coolers on all of Miami’s beaches. Earlier this year the ordinance grew to cover a foam ban on all city property. Then, on September 2nd, the Miami Beach City Commission voted to expand the foam ban to the entire City of Miami Beach. The ban includes coolers and foam foodware. Miami Beach will begin enforcement with public education, then transition to a warning system, and finally to issuing fines for violations by November of 2016. More.
Congratulations to our September Volunteer of the Month, Alec Buchness! Alec currently serves as Vice Chair of the Sebastian Inlet Chapter, though that’s just one of the many hats he wears as a chapter activist and volunteer!
Congratulations to Helen Cross our August Volunteer of the Month! Helen is a CORE member and activist extraordinaire with the First Coast Chapter.
Since getting involved with the First Coast Chapter last year, Chair Paul Hayden reports that Helen has helped with, “everything and anything we needed help with! She has helped with beach cleanups, rallies, Black Tie & Baggies, our art auction, and has been to every meeting!”
Helen is passionate about protecting Florida’s coast from oil and gas exploration. She has attended and provided comments at multiple Bureau of Ocean Energy Management meetings in opposition to the recent proposal to open the Atlantic Coast to seismic airgun blasting.
Online registration for the 3rd Annual Regular Joe Surf Festival is now open and there are a couple of really good reasons to register early. First and foremost, Joe is capped at 96 participants. Once it’s full, it’s full. This let’s us guarantee that every entrant gets four full 20-minute heats over the two days of the contest, not to mention two good parties, a swag bag and a ton of fun.
The contest will be held September 12th & 13th in Sebastian Inlet with a backup date of September 19th and 20th.
If you register by August 31, you only pay $45, an incredible deal. On September 1, the price jumps to $65. And if you’re the kind of surfer who waits until the morning of the contest to see what the surf looks like before you commit, well, you’ll pay $75 for the privilege.
Congratulations to Chase Olivieri our July Volunteer of the Month! Chase manages all graphic design and web development for the Miami Chapter.
Even though Chase is often on the road for work, he always carves out time to support the Surfrider Foundation. Chase has even recruited his parents as Surfrider supporters, always attending chapter events dressed in Surfrider Foundation Miami Chapter gear!
The Cocoa Beach-based non-profit, Surfing’s Evolution & Preservation Foundation has created the Florida’s Endless Summer® specialty license plate and has partnered in a joint initiative with Surfrider Foundation.
Show Your Support with an Endless Summer® Specialty License Plate!
Surfing’s Evolution & Preservation Foundation recognizes the important impact of the beach and surfing lifestyle in Florida and the need to protect our beaches for future generations to enjoy. Your purchase of the Endless Summer® license plate helps support Florida beaches.
For a limited time, Surfing’s Evolution & Preservation Foundation will reimburse Surfrider Foundation members the $25.00 plate fee for the first year purchase of their Endless Summer® plate. In addition, Surfrider Foundation will also receive $5.00 for each plate purchased by a member.
We are happy to be able to extend this offer to Surfrider members, which supports both Surfing’s Evolution & Preservation Foundation and the Surfrider Foundation, while allowing you to have the coolest Florida specialty license plate available!
To request reimbursement for the $25.00 first year plate fee, please send a copy of your Endless Summer® license plate registration as proof of purchase to email@example.com. For more information on Surfing’s Evolution & Preservation Foundation and the Endless Summer® plate, please visit: www.endlesssummerplate.com and www.preservesurfingbeaches.org.
For our oceans, waves and beaches,
Florida Regional Manager
Endless Summer® is a registered trademark of Bruce Brown Films, LLC and is used under license.