A victory for ocean advocates
Your many hundreds of emails may have helped the Florida Senate see the light. Bill SB 796 was never brought up for a vote and died as this years Florida legislative session came to an end.
The intent of bill SB 796 was to delay the implementation of 2008 Ocean Outfall Legislation that curtails the practice of discharging partially treated sewage into southeast Florida coastal waters. If passed the bill would have allowed the dumping to continue until 2030.
An identical bill (HB 613) made it through the Florida House of Representatives and passed 93-18 on April 15. Click here to see how your representatives voted.
For background on this issue see: http://reefrescuealert.wordpress.com/
Thank you all for your vocal opposition against this attempt to prolong ocean sewage discharges onto southeast Florida coral reefs and coastal resources.
Rescue the Reefs 2011 Reminder
Come help us celebrate Florida coral reefs this Sunday at Rescue the Reefs 2011. If you have not signed up, time is running out. Reef Rescue will demonstrate ways divers can help document our coral reef treasures. Not just for divers! If you are not diving with us, come and join the afternoon festivities at the post-dive BBQ.
Rescue the Reef 2011 details:
A Force-E fundraiser to benefit Palm Beach County Reef Rescue
Sunday, May 15th
Join Reef Rescue for a two-tank afternoon dive and BBQ to celebrate our Florida reefs.
Diver check in 12:30pm, Boat leaves 1pm
After the dives there will be a BBQ and Live Music starting at 6 pm.
This is an event for divers and nondivers alike.
You will have an opportunity to learn what recreational divers can do to help protect our coral reefs. Reef Rescue divers will demonstrate techniques for properly documenting your dive observations, video and photos so it can be used to help protect our valuable reef resources. No scientific training or background is necessary.
You will learn how to use GPS to track and plot your dives, collect baseline data and document reef damage from algal blooms, anchoring, coral diseases, lionfish and construction impacts.
Force-E will provide the band and the BBQ chicken, bring your favorite side-dish and drinks! There will be a raffle to raise money for Reef Rescue coral reef conservation projects and proceeds from the dives & BBQ will be donated as well.
Price $70 for divers, $20 for non-divers joining us after the dives.
Call Force-EBoca RatonDive Center 1-866-307-3483 to sign-up for the dives. Space is limited, the store will give you directions to the boat.
IMPORTANT: If the dive is canceled because of sea conditions, The Party and BBQ will go on.
If the BBQ and dive are canceled due to weather, the rain date is Sunday, May 22. The call will be made by noon for the dive and 5PM for the party. The Force-E Divers Facebook page will provide updates.
People not diving but attending the BBQ need to call the Force-E Boca Raton Store to RSVP 866-307-3483 (We need to plan for the chicken).
Not able to attend, but still want to contribute to Reef Rescue efforts to protect the south Florida coastal habitat? You can click here to make a donation.
See you there!