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The Surfrider Foundation’s Florida Chapter Conference is held annually on the first weekend in November. It’s an opportunity for all the Florida Chapters to come together for two days of training, workshops, guest lectures, team-building, and fun. This year, over fifty activists representing ten chapters from across the state gathered at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound. The group kicked off the conference with a field trip to Blowing Rocks Preserve to learn about coastal restoration on barrier islands and nearshore hardbottom.
The conference speakers tackled issues ranging from seismic blasting and offshore oil drilling to plastic pollution, ocean acidification, climate change and beach access. Click here to view the full agenda. Our chapters are making a real difference protecting our ocean, waves and beaches in Florida. Click here to read a blog on the Florida Chapter Conference by First Coast Chapter Chair (and author!) Paul Hayden.
Spring 2016 Environmental Internship
The Surfrider Foundation is now accepting applications from graduate and undergraduate students for Spring 2016 internships. The internship will be located Tallahassee, Florida assisting the Florida Regional Manager in researching issues involving legislation, public policy and grassroots organizing at the forefront of ocean policy governance. While the position is unpaid, it is unique and flexible and provides interns an opportunity to gain hands on experience, contacts and substantial work experience. The internship is designed to provide a wide range of programmatic, and administrative experience relating to environmental topics of state and national significance, with a focus on issues relating to public access to beaches, water quality, beach armoring, recycling and single use plastics.
Congratulations to Seth Bloomgarden, our December Volunteer of the Month!Seth currently serves as Secretary of the Miami Chapter. Chapter Chair Jayson Koch writes,
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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, email@example.com
- 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!