Mapping Out The Future of Water, SLR/IRL

 

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Office of Senator Joe Negron
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If we are trying to go somewhere; if we are trying to achieve a goal; if we are tying to win a war; maps are critical for success. They give direction. They give confidence. They provide vision…

The map above is the proposed land purchase of Senator Joe Negron, and before we dive into this map we need to consider the map of the Florida Senate, how its representation will change November 8th, and why this is important to us along the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon.

Last year the Senate maps were redistricted due to a law suit, but its effect will play even more out “now.”

According to TC Palm reporter, Isabella Rangel, the redistricting resulted in two things:

  1. new boundaries for state Senate districts that required all 40 seats be on the ballot in 2016; and the renumbering of those districts that determined the fate of many senators.
  2. People elected in odd-numbered districts will have a four-year term. Those in even-numbered districts will have a two-year term, followed by a four-year term if they haven’t reached their term limit.

What a shift! Every seat is up for reelection and the districts and timing has changed…And who is going to be keeping hold of the reigns on this wild stallion should he win his district?

President Elect Senator Joe Negron of course…

For us, advocates for the St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon, we must think beyond ourselves. When maps change, power shifts. We should be watching this statewide election very closely. Look at the maps now and think of who you know in any of the districts ….because it will take more than Joe Negron to win this war. It will take all of us.

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Former Senate districts,  2016
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Portion of new Florida Senate map. Martin County has changed to District 25 rather than 32 and 21.

Link New Florida Senate Districts, for 2017: https://www.flsenate.gov/usercontent/session/redistricting/map_and_stats_11x17v5_2012-CA-2842.pdf

Orlando Sentinel: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-negron-water-plans-paula-dockery-082516-20160825-story.html

TCPalm:http://archive.tcpalm.com/news/indian-river-lagoon/politics/joe-negron-announces-plan-to-reduce-lake-okeechobee-discharges-3994eb9f-787b-3082-e053-0100007f3d08-389532591.html

5 thoughts on “Mapping Out The Future of Water, SLR/IRL

  1. I really have much to offer our Martin County. I’ve briefly spoke with Todd reference my experience. Recent graduate from the Geology Dept, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY, plus 25 years Army. I need a job, just having a hard time convincing people of my capabilities. Plus I’m a Martin County Native since 1961. Like Trump said. What do you have to lose?.

    Love you Jacqui

    R/Mark Woodruff 16400 SW Pinto ST Indiantown, FL 34956

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    1. Maybe it’s time to really look at who is running in each district directly dumping water into the Kissimmee River Basin- after all…. right? Whose on 21? Grimsly (R) Western Martin, Osceola, Polk and Highlands- so much to learn!

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