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The 2011 Surfrider Challenge at The Waterman’s Challenge
The Cocoa Beach Surf Museum and the Cocoa Beach Chapter of Surfrider Foundation
The Cocoa Beach Chapter of Surfrider Foundation hereby challenges all other Surfrider Foundation Chapters to a team surfing competition to be held during the 11th Annual Waterman’s Challenge in the Surfing Capital of the East Coast, Cocoa Beach, Florida.
When: June 11, 2011
Where: The International Palms Resort in Cocoa Beach, FL (formerly the Holiday Inn)
Movie screenings: Dear & Yonder followed by Modern Collective
Friday, April 23rd, 7-11 pm
Miami Beach Botanical Garden,
2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Tasty/healthy food, Beer, Wine, ionized water will be available for purchase. Great raffle prizes donated by local surf shops & retailers.
$9 for tickets in advance at http://www.brownpapertickets.com (search Surfrider). $10 at the door if any left ! (The show will sell out.)
The proposal, House Bill 613 by Rep. Carlos Trujillo (R-Miami) and Senate Bill 796 by Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla (R-Miami) and Senator Sobel (D-Broward) , allows for less wastewater treatment, an increase in the amount of secondarily treated sewage being discharged directly into South Florida coastal marine waters and the injection of sewage into the Biscayne and Upper Floridian Aquifers — shallow drinking water supplies for South Florida and the Keys. This bill is trying to undo the efforts we took 2 years ago in passing this bill and delays the requirement for compliance with a state mandate to eliminate ocean outfall, improve wastewater treatment and beneficially reuse a portion of that wastewater by five years.
Read more on the Action Alert Page
HB 457 (without further amendment) passed the House third (and final) reading Friday afternoon by a vote of 113 to 0. HB 457 is done in the House.
The bill preserves all aspects of every current ordinance and provides local governments the ability to adopt stronger than FDEP Model ordinances in the future. As of July 1, 2011 (the effective date) local governments will be preempted from adopting new sales restrictions.
The Senate is in recess next week but we are watching the Senate preemption bills (606 and 2076) – I’ll keep you posted.
Another HUGE thank you to all!
Chuck Barnes, local Surfrider member, has been taking great pains to continue to update us on that status of the gulf coast beaches and waters since the spill. As you will see from his recent posting oil continues to wash ashore.
Please take a moment to follow his blog: http://whatsupwiththegulf.blogspot.com/2011/03/fort-mcree-recon-for-tarmats-3-22-11.html
Here’s the March Edition of “Coral Reefs, Oceans and Conservation in the News”. See below for more info.
“Coral Reefs, Oceans and Conservation in the News” is a compilation of highlights from news stories and press releases related to coral reefs, oceans and conservation, which appeared in the media during the month of March, 2011. The majority of stories are specific to Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Martin counties; however, some are of state, national and global relevence.
Feds issue Cease and Desist Order to shut down beach renourishment project
Amid reports of massive silt plumes and coral reef burial the US Corp of Army Engineers, on Friday (April 1, 2011), issued an order to the Town of Hillsboro Beach to immediately cease beach renourishment activities. A copy of the order can be viewed at: http://www.scribd.com/doc/52174475/C-D-ICA-NON .
Environmental groups have been gathering evidence since the project began in mid-March of daily permit violations that have resulted in silt plumes travelling for miles beyond compliance requirements. Cleanup and mitigation costs for project environmental impacts could exceed many millions of dollars. Check out the Youtube of the project: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMd9JpZLpS4