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What is a Legislative Delegation Meeting? How Can I Speak Up for Our Waters?

I remember the first time, I realized that I had chance to speak before the entire legislative delegation of Martin County. The year was 2008, and I was new commissioner on the Sewall’s Point Commission.

To be honest, at the time, I asked myself “what is and who makes up a Legislative  Delegation?”

A “legislative delegation” is made up of the both the Senator and House  of Representative members from a particular district. For instance, in 2019, in Martin County, our Senator is Gayle Harrell, who ran and won the seat of influential and retiring Senate President, Joe Negron. And we have two House of Representative reps, Toby Overdorf, who won the termed-out  seat of Gayle Harrell; and Mary Lynn Magar, who won her seat again, and is now second in-line of leadership, as House Speaker pro tempore, a great honor.

For Martin County, it is Representative MaryLnn Magar’s office that is organizing the 2019 Martin County Delegation Meeting.

For those of you reading this blog that do not live in Martin County, your specific representatives will organize your delegation meeting and in most  instances there will be overlaps to bordering counties.  The maps below give one an idea. You can learn more by the links below about your representatives for both the House and the Senate.

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Senator, Gayle Harrell, Dist 25
House Represenative MearyLynn Magar , Dist. 82
House Representative Toby Overdorf
Florida state representatives map florida house district map, afputra com
Florida Senate district map

Look up Senators here:


Look up House of Representatives here: https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/representatives.aspx

Most Delegation Meetings require a request form for organization and participation. Call a representative from your area for details if you don’t see your meeting advertised on line.

The Martin County Delegation will meet on January 15, 2019.

A Legislative Delegation Meeting is the best time to communicate with one’s  local delegation because once they are through with committee meetings (happening now or soon), and once they are into the the legislative session itself coming up in March, it is much harder to have one’s voice heard ~ as during Legislative Session, everyone is screaming at them at once.

So….communicate now!

Speak up for the St Lucie! Speak up for the Caloosahatechee! ! Speak up for Florida Bay!  Speak up for our Rivers! Speak up for Florida’s Environment! ! Speak up for the Future!

~Republican, Democrat, No Party Affiliation, Everyone!

Most important, be part of the political process of this state we all love.


Florida Legislature, General info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_Legislature

Florida Senate: https://www.flsenate.gov/Senators/Districts

Florida House of Represenatives : https://www.myfloridahouse.gov

Manatees, Silver River, Dr Robert Knight
St Lucie River, Rio, 2016, JTL
River Kidz 2017

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


Speak up!

“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? 🙂