Speaking Up to Our Legislative Delegation, St Lucie Rive/Indian River Lagoon

 

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“Give me liberty to know, to utter and to argue freely according to my conscience, above all other liberties.” Milton

This coming  Monday, December 8th, 2014, at the City of Stuart commission chamber, located at 121 SW Flagler Avenue, from 9-12,  it is our turn to speak up to our Legislative Delegation about the importance of  the St Lucie River\Indian River Lagoon.

This is our designated time before the state legislative session formally begins to call attention to our legislators  the importance of the SLR/IRL to our local economy and quality of life in Martin County. It is our time to tell them we appreciate what was done last year but we want more. We want to purchase lands in the EAA, Everglades Agricultural Area through the help of Amendment 1 in order for more water to flow south and to restore what we can of the northern and southern Everglades…we also want to complete the Indian River Lagoon South purchases and projects that are part of a greater plan. But before we speak…

What is our “legislative delegation” anyway?

Our legislative delegation is the group of state elected officials from our area. In fact,  sometimes I have not been familiar with some of those who are part of the delegation,  but I always know for sure that Senator Joe Negron, and representatives Galye Harrell and Mary Lynn Magar will be there, as they are our present Martin County representatives.

Comments were to have been made formally through the offices of the elected officials, but I would imagine if you show up and ask to share a short comment they would allow it; or hand them a written note at the beginning or end of the session.

The whole thing can be rather intimidating, but don’t be afraid, speak up! They are your elected officials and it is their job to listen to you.

The first time I ever went before them, I spoke on not allowing the state to preempt the Town of Sewall’s Points strong fertilizer ordinance. It was uncomfortable for me; I was nervous. Sometimes I felt like some of the delegates were not listening to me or taking me seriously. But I put a smile on my face and I spoke.

I felt better for doing so, and for being a part of the American democratic process, as messed up as it sometimes is…

If you can, go speak up for St Lucie River/ Indian River Lagoon on Monday. It’s easier sometimes not to speak, but how will we change our world if we don’t? 🙂

 

 

 

13 thoughts on “Speaking Up to Our Legislative Delegation, St Lucie Rive/Indian River Lagoon

  1. I believe change is comeing like a tidal wave to the Indian River Lagoon and I hope you do not spend tax payers hard earned money on a swamp..

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  2. No ,the lagoon is not a swamp,The big difference( for many thousands of years) has been how calcium coquina formations keep the waters rich in oxygen(H2O2) even in the hot summer months. This has allowed thousands of creatures to live and evolve to this special environment.100 years ago -(-before any inlets were made) ,the waters teamed with fish. To keep this environment the way it used to be I think more fresh water runoff is necessary to compensate for the salt water coming in.The real problem is there are no coquina shells for the waves to churn violently in, so H2O2 can burn up all the chemicals.In a awamp there is life and then there is death every year, Some cretures like the mosquito are well suited for this hellish environment, I am sure even the gators are much happier in a drainage canal than being boiled alive in 100+ tempuratures of hat swamp water. This week end I will see if there is any foam in the waves on some of our causeways. I put shells in key locations so the violent northeasters can churn them. On calm days schools of mullet will swim biteing at the water.They are eating the algie that grows and breaks loose.These mullet will not migrate south because they have plenty of food for the winter here. The foam in the water indicates H2O2 which has viscosity.If there is none I will put more shells in..I believe the problem with Lake O runoff is Lake O;s water has the same problem as our lagoon. There is no more calcium. The reason is acids have worn it away. I would love to see if violent wave action churning in calcium shells could one day bring this once magnicant fishing lake back to life. This would also burn up all the chemicals that waves carry to shore.

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  3. Calciums role in fresh water—-When I was a kid growing up everyone fished for crappie(a very–very good eating fresh water fish) Most people fish for them when they spawn. If there is a lake that is 30 foot deep for miles around and one spot that is 31 foot. All the crappie will be spawning in that spot that is 31 foot. Brim and bass allways dig a hole and lay their eggs in the bottom.When I pour calcium sand in calm water I notice it will not all stick to the bottom but will creap out hanging just above the bottom.I believe the creatures are trying to find and catch calcium so their babys can have (milk).I allways marvel at the works of our creator just as I am deeply saddened at our distruction of his creation.

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  4. We have white pelicans and lots of them. The white pelican is a specialized hunter and it is amazing what people have done has not made them extenct. They do not dive but grab mouthfulls of water and sift out the small minnows(menhaden mostly)We have runoffs that most people have thought were too polluted.. They now churn with foam and LOTS of menhaden minnows. Something tells me the white pelicans are going to get fat.

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