I didn’t pick up Sunday’s Stuart News until Monday, as I had been out of town. Sipping my coffee and holding the old fashioned paper, I love so much, my lips curled in a broad smile. The opinion page juxtaposed articles by two candidates running for Florida governor: Nan Rich and Rick Scott.
These letters were not just broad sweeping letters; they were thoughtful and personal, they mentioned the River Warriors and direct stories of inspiration from local residents. Don’t get me wrong, I know it is an election year, but nonetheless, it is simply amazing. In one year, since the discharges from Lake Okeechobee and our local canals turned our world upside down, and news of such “went viral,” the people have accomplished the most impressive of our forefathers’ American expectations. Expectations that years of social conformity and acceptance of over-development and pollution had overridden. The people of the Indian River Lagoon have stood up to their government.
The rebellion of the southern lagoon corresponded to the northern lagoon’s massive deaths of manatees, dolphins, pelicans and loss of almost 100% of its seagrasses. These die-offs and toxic algae blooms in the north, actually began happening in 2011 but did not come out publicly until the uprising in the southern lagoon blended the two tragedies.
I know for many of my friends the politics of the River Movement is hypocritical, frustrating and painful. I feel the same way. In fact lately I have been a bit depressed over the whole thing. But I am getting out of it. Boy is it a pleasure to see that paper, to be in the drivers seat, to have “them” writing letters, visiting, and actually thinking that there is no longer a “golden ticket” to pollute. I have been in Martin County many years, and on “this level,” “this” has never happened before.
Finally, even Senator Rubio is getting heat in the press; long standing Senator Nelson is happy he’s been around, but also nervous he is part of the lagoon “establishment;” Charlie Crist is taking out his old notes about US Sugar; Senator Negron is promising more for the lagoon in 2015; Congressman Murphy is regrouping and studying the Farm Bill after the ACOE refused CEPP on his watch; and the future speakers of the Florida house and senate are making their cases for the future of “water.”
Many times the lagoon has been defiled by our government, in fact 2013 was not the worst its ever been. But I am telling you, this time it is different because of “us.” This time we have exposed them. This time we are asking truly for government to do what it is supposed to: “protect the health; safety and welfare” of its people. This time we are united in a brotherhood and sisterhood of diverse backgrounds and interests. This time we have reached a tipping point, as has the lagoon.
And most important for change, this time, “they” are watching and listening to us.
Please take advantage of this opportunity. Don’t turn your back because the politics are so repulsive to watch. Look to the sky—look to the river ——write a letter or make a call and say : ‘thank you; we are happy you are taking an interest in the lagoon; I will be weighing who to vote for based on who really has the desire, passion and an honest heart.”
These politicians may never be able to reach perfection, their world is pretty insane, but be grateful they are paying attention, and know you are a force for change in a way never before. Drive your points home!
9 thoughts on “Not Only Have We Become a Political Force for the Indian River Lagoon; We are in the Driver’s Seat, So Drive!”
Yes… Not just for this Summer, not just for this election year, we need to keep the pressure on.
The scott administration called my house last night. Not one mention of the lagoon. All they did was trash Christ. So, when I confronted them on the lagoon issue, I received zero response. I don’t trust Rick Scott. I can’t stand any of them. But I think he just tells people what they want to hear, like 99% of the politicians. Thanks for your work. You should run. You do a great job.
thank you bill! keep speaking your mind!
this is awesome-
Thank you Don Voss:
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Don wrote: “You are so correct. We ALL have affected much change in the way politicians speak to us, think about us, and plan to not offend us. This is a huge change in mind-set and you are also correct…. we cannot rest on our laurels. We need to push harder than ever… of course, stop fighting silly ego battles and personality battles, but push our continued message to fix this. Every plan is worthy of discussion. As Mark Perry said in his Op Ed yesterday…. the goal is to stop the discharges and get some much needed clean water south. The struggle continues…. this fight is ours to win this time. JTL keep these great blogs coming… Warriors, remain vigilant and determined. We need every voice. No one left behind.”
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Larry Hasek Thanks Jacqui the fight goes on!
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Anne Thompson Schafer move on…
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AnnaMarie Wintercorn We enjoy having the newspaper in our hands, also!!
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Don Voss You are so correct. We ALL have affected much change in the way politicians speak to us, think about us, and plan to not offend us. This is a huge change in mind-set and you are also correct…. we cannot rest on our laurels. We need to push harder t…See More
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Trish Tok Great blog Jackie! Nice you River Warriors are a group to be reckoned with! Keep up the fight!
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Chris Maroney ‘Send the water south’ has become a meaningless platitude without a number attached. Let’s hear Rick Scott say ‘Send 500 billion gallons south’, then I’ll pay attention.
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Cabot Lord I just wish someone who can actually do something get involved. Too much talk and not enough action by those that have authority and capability to make things happen! Tired of speeches and political posturing. It’s time for someone at the federal level to propose a workable solution!
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Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch I agree Cabot, and to achieve such I think we have to bark all the way up that tree.(:
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Crist and Scott are responsible for Florida’s environmental problems. Corporations need to fix the mess they are making and pay the people not the Governors. We need a Governor that can’t be bought. We need Nan Rich.