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LORING LOVELL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LYMAN E. ROGERS, PRESIDENT
DORIAN BUILDING. 319 SO. MONROE
TELEPHONE 904/224-9992 March 22, 971
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA 32304
As during the session last year, your C-70s' Tallahassee office will be
sending out weekly Newsletters reporting the progress of environmental legislation.
We apologize for not sending more Newsletters in the interim between legislative
sessions but our mailing list has grown to such size as to make each mailing a
very expensive proposition. (Recall that our budget dipped to a balance of $900
just last December.) However, since the passage of legislation to protect the
environment is our number one objective, we feel it essential to let each of you
know the status of certain bills and explain how you can be instrumental in their
passage. More on this later.
Conservation activities here in Tallahassee have been quite numerous and far
ranging over the last few weeks. This report will attempt to bring all C-70s partici-
pants up-to-date on some of the recent major activities in the state Capital affecting
the Florida environment. As well, this report will serve as a preface to the C-70s
1971 legislative program.
1971 LEGISLATURE CONVENES APRIL 6th. The Florida Legislature will convene for two
months for the regular 1971 session. C-70s has submitted a package of 12 proposals
which will be actively lobbied by our Legislative Task Force. A prior report sub-
mitted to all participants indicated the nature of items included in this package.
Additionally, a number of bills will receive an "endorsement" by the Task Force,
although we will not lobby as actively for bills in this category. A third category
will be comprised of bills which should be viewed as detrimental to the objectives of
Senate Minority Leader Warren Henderson has been elected Vice President of C-70s as
well as Chairman of the Legislative Task Force. With an outstanding record as a
pioneer in the area of environmental legislation, Senator Henderson will be a tremen-
dous asset in his new position. Your Executive Director reports that Senator Henderson
and his staff are performing double-time on behalf of C-70s. We are truly fortunate
to have a man of his stature and ability guiding our legislative program.
Legislative Proposals: Certain proposals in the 1971 package will not require a
specific bill. For example, the Environmental Education Program--successfully spon-
sored by C-70s last year--needs desperately to be funded properly this year; however,
a bill will not be necessary as this will appear as a line item in the general appro-
priations act. Thus support for an increased appropriation is needed but a bill
number will not be available. In this and other measures not requiring a specific
bill, please urge your legislators to support the C-70s' request. (We will provide
you with specifics at a later date.)
AQUATIC WEED CONTROL LEGISLATION: The House Committee on Natural Resources voted
favorably on the C-70s' bill, HB 295, which would utilize a portion of the gasoline
taxes for the control and irradication of noxious aquatic vegetation. The bill,,
sponsored by Rep. Gus Craigqin the House escaped an attempt to refer it to a sub-
committee by a narrow vote of 9 8. Upon defeat of that motion, the bill then
passed by a vote of 17 2. A second committee in the House--Appropriations--
must now be cleared before this bill goes to the full House for consideration. A
companion bill in the Senate is sponsored by Senator Lee Weissenborn, the originator
of the idea that gax taxes on fuels used for marine purposes should be ulitized for
cleaning up our waterways.
SEA TURTLES: The Cabinet Board of Natural Resources heard extensive arguments for
and against the increased protection of the Green Sea Turtle, a rapidly vanishing
species. Rep. Roger Wilson, co-sponsor of the Turtle Protection Act of 1970, appeared
in support of increased protection of the turtle. Frank Lund, son of C-70s' Treasurer,
Bill Lund, presented outstanding, objective and scientific testimony on behalf of
better protection regulations. Jack Rudloe gave additional testimony utilizing a
live sea turtle to emphasize his point.
Our State Treasurer, Tom O'Malley, demonstrated an in-depth knowledge of the turtle
crisis and pressed hard for protective measures far and above those suggested by
Mr. Randolph Hodges and the Department of Natural Resources. Secretary of State
Richard Stone was instrumental in amending the original recommendation as presented
by the Department of Natural Resources and deserves credit for his leadership.
Governor Askew and Attorney General Shevin offered amendments even more desirable
than those presented by Mr. Lund and the motion carried on an emergency basis for
three months. 41 inches is the minimum length for this period. Voting against
the motion were Education Commissioner Floyd Christian and Commissioner of Agriculture
(MORE AOUAIT SEA TURTLES) },
On March 15th your C-70s staff helped to assure a quick death to a bill before the
House Natural Resources Committee which would allow the taking of sea turtle eggs in
St. Johns County. This exception to the general statutory prohibition against taking
of sea turtle eggs was eliminated through our efforts last year and this was an attempt
to restore that exception. It is reported that turtle eggs are considered a delicacy
in that county and are used to make pound cakes!
SB 162 by Senator Johnson relating to the Brown Pelican was passed with one dissenting
vote by the Senate Natural Resources Committee on March 18th. The bill appropriates
$43,698 from the General Revenue Fund to be used for studying the effects of pesticides
on the Brown Pelican. Louisiana, the "Pelican State", has lost all of their pelican
nurseries due to pesticides in the food chain. Florida simply cannot allow our pelicans
to become extinct.
HB 148 by Rep. Lew Earle, companion to SB 162, previously passed the House Nat. Res.
Committee. Both bills now go to the respective Appropriations Committee. A later News-
letter will state the C-70s bills going to the Appropriations Committees and the member-
ship of those committees. Conservationists are requesting a very small portion of the
state's multi-million dollar budget, so let the Appropriations Committees hear from you.
Senate President and C-70s Trustee, Jerry Thomas, presented SB 81 to the Senate Natural
Resources Committee which -Would require secondary treatment for al-1 sewage facilities
in Florida by January 1973. The bill makes compliance to secondary treatment standards
(90% treatment) for all facilities in the state. Senator Thomas sponsored legislation
last year which would eliminate the dumping of practically raw sewage into our waterways.
This colorful and dynamic champion of clean water told the committee, "We wouldn't allow
industries (or others) to dump their trash on the streets but in effect we have allowed
cities to dump their sewerage in our waters." According to Thomas many cities are still
operating on the primary treatment level and dumping the remainder into the public waters.
Primary treatment was described to the committee as being no more than adding certain
chemicals and a chopping process to "reduce floatables."
BARGE CANAL -- Attorney General Robert Shevin continues to press for a sensible con-
clusion of the Cross Florida Barge Canal project. His efforts to get the Cabinet to go
on record favoring his motion to terminate the project and rehabilitate the damaged areas
will come to a vote-within the next two weeks when your elected Cabinet votes an the
Water Resources recommendations, (Date uncertain and more on this later.) In the mean-
time all conservationists should write the following who should be inclined to support
General Shevin's motion:
Governor Reubin Askew Secretary of State Richard Stone
Treasurer Thomas O'Malley Comptroller Fred Dickinson
Write to each of the above at: The Capitol, Tallahassee, Florida, 32301. Gov. Askew
recently stated that he would approve no further funds for construction purposes but
he and the others listed above need to know you support a cessation of all funds except
to rehabilitate the areas damaged already.
LOUIE WAINWRIGHT, JR., aide to Attorney General Robert Sheven recently blasted the
Department of Natural Resources for submitting to the Cabinet "a bunch of trash, incom-
plete information, and no recommendations." The taxpaying public is beginning to wonder
if the up and coming Water Resources recommendations will receive such staff treatment.
("Water Resource" projects in Florida are notorious for their pork-barreli and exploit-
ative history.) Indeed it has already been pointed out that the budget for the Canal
Authority was suggested for consideration by the Cabinet without prior documentation
or justification. Hopefully our Cabinet will continue to resist such slip-shod prac-
tices, and push ever diligently for sound conservation priorities rather than accept-
ing boondoggle gobbledygook.
PLEASE COPY AND DISTRIBUTE THIS NEWSLETTER AS WIDELY AS POSSIBLE.
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Mr. Lester M. Blain
P. 0. Box 1363
Tampa, Fla. 33601
onSERVHTIon 7s P S R E L E A S
LORING LOVELL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LYMAN E. ROGERS, PRESIDENT
DORIAN BUILDING, 319 SO. MONROE
TELEPHONE 904/224.9992 March 5, 1971
TALLAHASSEE. FLORIDA 32304
The Board of Trustees of Conservation 70s, Inc., a statewide conservation
lobby, has ratified the adoption of the organization's 1971 legislative package.
Having successfully lobbied 41 environmental preservation measures through
the legislature in 1970, the C-70s Trustees face the up and coming session with opti-
mism and enthusiasm. Loring Lovell, Executive Director of the organization, stated,
"We are confident that the legislature will repeat its excellent record of the '71
session and pass most of the bills we present to them this year."
The organization which is comprised of individuals and organizations through-
out Florida will actively lobby for a much smaller number of bills than last year.
Lovell commented, "Last year was a catch-up session. We had a backlog of bills long
overdue consideration and the '70 session cleared most of those measures. This year
we will concentrate on closing loopholes remaining from the 1970 session and build
upon items included in our package of last year."
Although only a dozen bills appear in the active lobbying list of the C-70s
package the organization does plan to endorse other good conservation measures offered
independently of the Trustees' official program.
Senator Warren Henderson, R. Venice, has been named Chairman of the C-70s'
Legislative Task Force, the group of legislators working actively within C-70s to
reform the natural resource protection laws. The Task Force was so effective in 1970
that the St. Petersburg Times referred to them as the "Third House of the Legislature."
As Chairman, Henderson will be responsible for steering the C-70s' package through
BILLS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE CONSERVATION 70s LEGISLATIVE PACKAGE ARE AS FOLLOWS:
(1) A LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION TO DIRECT THE REVISION OF CH. 253 FLORIDA STATUTES.
Protecting the submerged lands which are the nursery grounds for Florida's salt
water fisheries has become one of Florida's most crucial problems. Population
growth and water front developments have jeopardized the future quality of our
marine resources. To adequately protect this most valuable asset to Florida
living requires a clarification of the statutes which protect this resource.
Conservationists have experienced considerable frustration due to the confusing
language in Chapter 253. A revision is in order.
(2) LITTER PREVENTION AND DISPOSAL. The 1970 Legislature directed the Department of
Air and Water Pollution Control to survey the extent of the litter problem in
Florida. The survey has been completed along with remedial recommendations.
C-70s will introduce legislation consistent with those recommendations.
(3) FUNDING OF ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAM. One of the most important acts
sponsored by C-70s in 1970 was the inauguration of environmental education in the
public schools. $70,000 was appropriated for this purpose although the original
request was for $250,000. C-70s will ask the Legislature for the amount necessary
to carry this program forward. All other legislation in the environmental field
will be meaningless in the long run unless future generations are provided a value
system infused with sound environmental protection principles.
(4) CONSOLIDATION OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL INVENTORY COUNCIL AND THE COASTAL COORDINATING
^ COUNCIL. Planning the wise use of Florida's natural resources was charged to two
"separate agencies by the 1970 Legislature. Long overdue environmental planning
must proceed with all haste lest we ruin forever our natural beauty. Costly
duplication in time and money in this effort will be eliminated by consolidating
these two councils.
(5) PESTICIDE RESEARCH APPROPRIATION. Bills have been profiled which will provide
funds to study the effects of persistent pesticides on the brown pelican, an
endangered species in Florida. $43,698 has been requested to fund the program
which will be carried out by the Game Commission. Since Louisiana, the "Pelican
State" has already lost its pelican colonies, Florida must make every effort to
prevent the same tragic development here. OE
(6) AMENDMENTS TO THE PW" CIDE ACT OF 1970. C-70s will the legislature to place
a deadline of July T193 on phasing out pesticides in Florida. In addition, a
system of safe disposal of pesticides will be requested.
(7) ACQUISITION OF GAME MANAGEMENT AREAS. In order to acquire hunting and wilderness
areas for future generations, it will become necessary to purchase such lands now.
Funds for these purchases will be obtained from an increase in certain hunting
license fees. With solid support from the organized hunters of Florida it seems
that this is the only alternative to the eventual demise of hunting as recreation
activity in Florida.
(8) AQUATIC WEED CONTROL. C-70s will sponsor legislation to eliminate noxious aquatic
vegetation from our waterways. Specifically $2.6 million will be sought by utiliz-
ing 2% of the first 4t of the Florida gasoline tax. Taxes for boating use of gaso-
line is presently directed to highway use; C-70s feels its rightful place is
cleaning up our threatened waterways.
(9) CROSS FLORIDA BARGE CANAL AUTHORITY. In order to assure continuity and provide
ample leadership by the Florida Cabinet, C-70s will seek the fusion of functions
presently provided by the Canal Authority into the Cabinet Department of Natural
Resources. Presently much rehabilitative work needs to be done to help those
counties along the canal route but more time is being devoted to espousing the
canal than in rectifying the problems which have been created. The elected Cabinet
should be given full powers over the old canal route and make certain no additional
time is lost in rehabilitating damaged areas.
(10) CROSS FLORIDA BARGE CANAL: MEMORIAL TO CONGRESS. In order to satisfy all parties,
the Florida Legislature will be asked to request no additional funding by Congress
for the abandoned Cross Florida Barge Canal. So long as funds are forthcoming
someone will find a way of sinking those dollars into the canal, a project of
extremely low national economic and environmental priority.
(11) REMOVING EXEMPTION OF MONROE COUNTY FROM SUBMERGED LAND PROTECTION LAWS,
CHAPTER 253 F.S. Monroe County is the sole exemption to the statutes protecting
submerged lands in Florida from indiscriminate dredge and fill activities. C-70s
will ask the Legislature to apply the state's laws uniformly to all counties.
(12) FLORIDA ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT. To prevent the continued degradation of our
resources, Florida should institute a protective device similar to the National
Environmental Policy Act which requires environmental impact reports before a
state authorized project is allowed to proceed.
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Mr. Lester M. Blain
P. 0. Box 1363
Tampa, Fla. 33601