Florida Senate – Water Senators, 2019

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2019 Senate President Bill Galvano, https://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/s21, recently assigned senators to their committees.  The new Senate President is following Joe Negron. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_Senate.)

Knowing who has been assigned what committees is important. Let’s learn about a couple of “water-senators ” ~those assigned to committees where water will come up. No pun intended.

First, let’s go to the Florida Senate website and click on the Committees Tab. Look around. What titles have something to do with water or the environment? Here you will see a list of committees. Very interesting! Only a few could apply.

(https://www.flsenate.gov/Committees/#com-list )

For sure, when it comes to  purposes of water, under Standing Committees, Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government is key.

 

Who got this position? Wow! Senator Debbie Mayfield has been assigned to be the chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government. She represents Indian River and  Brevard Counties and in earlier years served in the Florida House of Representatives so she knows about all the toxic “Lost Summers,” and the troublesome “brown tide” that affects her area.(https://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/environment/lagoon/2018/03/02/again-killer-brown-algae-responsible-2016-mass-fish-deaths-blooming/381630002/)
When you click on her name you will also see she serves on the Environment and Natural Resources Committee and the Appropriations Committee. Senator Mayfield is very well versed in water issues not only because she is our Indian River lagoon neighbor, but because as she was an ally of former Senate President Joe Negron in 2018.

Mayfield: https://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/S17

Now, take the time now to click on these links below and see if you happen to know any of the other senators serving on either the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government or the Natural Resources Committee or anything else relevant, perhaps Tourism where water really belongs. Take note of these senators. Do you know anyone who may know them? A friend across the state?

Environment and Natural Resources Committee and the Appropriations Committee: https://www.flsenate.gov/Committees/Show/AEG

Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Environment, and General Government : https://www.flsenate.gov/Committees/Show/EN

Now for one more water senator. He who holds the purse strings!  Appropriations Chair, Senator Rob Bradley, another Negron ally from last year. Senator Bradley represents Marion County, a region where there are many nutrient pollution/flow/algae Springs issues and concerns about development and over aquifer withdrawal.(https://www.ocala.com/news/20180114/study-finds-nitrates-not-only-problem-affecting-springs) Bradley is no stranger to water!

Click on his link and see what other committees he is on as well.

Senator Bradley: https://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/S5

Today I am going to stop here.

There are other important positions, but these two featured Senators that have a track record. These are two you can reach out to now, along with your legislative delegation.

Yes! Start building relationships NOW.

If you can’ reach the legislator him or herself, call, write or go to their office and build a relationship with their staff. Like any relationship this takes time, effort, finesse, and multiple visits. Ask for a meeting just to talk about what is important to you as a citizen, no matter your political affiliation. All Florida politicians represent all Floridians.

Here are some tips about Effective Communication and a visual from last year to refresh our memories about how an idea becomes a law.

Advocate for water now! Once legislative session begins, it’s too late!

https://www.flsenate.gov/About/EffectiveCommunication and also a visual about how an idea becomes a law.

Toxic algae under the Evans Crary Bridge, St Lucie River, Sewall’s Point 2016

6 thoughts on “Florida Senate – Water Senators, 2019

  1. I think me and Ronald Reagan feel the same way about the government “fixing things”. Politics is for people who have nothing to do. If I can bring back the tube worm that weaaves macro algae with coquina shells our lagoon will be a self contained environment capable of produceing desolved oxygen and salt for fresh water events. What a creature!!! Historicly this worm must have figured it out when death came to every creature other than the ones who could create their own environment—What an amazeing creature.

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  2. Actually everyday when I talk to the citizens of Brevard county and tell them what has been done to our lagoon I am establishing relationships with our government. The cronies that have put our country 20 trillion in dept need to listin.

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  3. My advice to Niki Fried would be to establish relationships with the farmers. The only way I think there is to fully understand their world is to live with them as their guest and see what their world is like. Exspecially small farmers. If she can do this she will be a good secratary of agriculture—if not she will be a desaster.

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  4. Oh crap—The last couple of days I have been spreading out very small crushed shell for tube worms just south of pineda causeway on west shore.. Today I stoped by and a big heard of manatees were eating my sand. I sat and watched for about an hour –then went north past horse creek to next creek with intact !920 bridge.There is an abandoned marina on the west side I had allso been throwing sand over fence into creek as it came out from under the road. I know water was about 5 foot because I could see white shell on bottom.As I sat and watched a manitee saw me and came to where I threw sand. He would go down and eat at the bottom and come up and look at me as if to say I have ate it all and you need to go get more. This guy had 2 boat prop cuts accross his back and 2 long cuts from the scag from 2 other boats.Do all the creatures have acid reflux??

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