Crist and Sink: Let's Save Our Beaches

By: Democratic Office, Florida House of Representatives Release
By: Democratic Office, Florida House of Representatives Release


Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist and former CFO Alex Sink joined state lawmakers, environmental interest groups and others today in promoting a constitutional ban on beachfront oil exploration and drilling in Florida.

To protect Florida’s economy and environment, Rep. Rick Kriseman (D-St. Petersburg) is sponsoring legislation to prohibit beachfront oil exploration and drilling in the state’s territorial waters. HJR 383 is an amendment to section 7, Article II of the State Constitution and would ban exploration, drilling, extraction and production of oil beneath Florida waters.

Meanwhile, the Florida Wildlife Federation, numerous environmental groups and a bipartisan group of Florida leaders, including Governor Crist, CFO Sink, former state Senator Durrell Peaden, a Republican, along with State Representative Darren Soto (D-Orlando) and House Minority Leader Pro Tempore Joseph Gibbons (D-Hallandale Beach) are leading a petition effort to allow the public to vote on near-shore oil drilling and to ban the possibility of this destructive practice.

“Many Floridians call this great state our home because of our magnificent beaches and beautiful coastal waters,” Crist said Wednesday. “As a result, we have a responsibility to protect Florida for future generations. As your governor, I fought to protect the Everglades, promote renewable resources and maintain sound growth management policies, and we need to continue the fight to preserve Florida with this amendment.”

CFO Sink said: “Drilling within 10 miles of Florida’s beaches is a risk we cannot afford. We must protect our tourism and visitor economy, as well as our fisheries and coastal environment.”

Representative Darren Soto (D-Orlando), helped organize Wednesday’s announcement in Tallahassee. “We stand here today, united as public servants, with one clear message: Save our Florida beaches!” said Soto. “We want to give the people of Florida the opportunity to send a message as future generations, the federal government and the millions of tourists who grace our shores every year that we will not allow drilling within 10 miles of our coast.”

Representative Kriseman added: “This is our opportunity to be proactive and protect Florida’s economy and unique environment from the whims of future lawmakers.”

Representative Gibbons said several events will take place in upcoming weeks to promote the petition effort. He called on supporters to visit to gain more information about the petition. “Drilling near our coast is not the answer to our energy challenges,” Gibbons said.

The proposed constitutional amendment offered by lawmakers will:

Allow voters to decide if the Florida Constitution should be amended to include a prohibition on drilling for oil or natural gas off Florida's coast.

Send a clear message to the oil industry of what Florida residents think about proposals to open more areas off our coast to oil drilling. The amendment takes the decision away from the oil executives and places it with the people of Florida.

Preserves our beaches and coast by reducing the chance that the pollution associated with drilling will destroy Florida's pristine coastline.

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  • by Love Location: Florida on Feb 11, 2011 at 09:12 AM
    It appears that Verizon is blocking anyone to send the link to anyone and They the big V are calling it "spam mail". Can someone fix that so we share with friends this link? Thank you Governor Crist "great job on this!"
  • by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2011 at 02:36 AM
    FORMER......get out of the spotlight .....we want to drill in the back yard of the mansion or the courtyard of the capital.
  • by Steve Location: Tallahassee on Feb 9, 2011 at 06:55 PM
    @ Anonymous 9:03 Viable option? If invested properly, within 20 years. If not, hopefully by the end of my lifetime. Every home will have a small fuel cell for power generation, just like we have an air conditioning unit or computer. Never have to worry about the power going out. By then, they will even be able to extract hydrogen directly from the air, so no need to have hydrogen delivered for its fuel. Oh, the by-product/emissions of hydrogen fuel cells... none other than H20. Yep... water vapor. So, they do not pollute like the carbon emissions from fossil fuels. Will we lead the world in further developing this technology? Or will we let Japan or China do it? Whoever takes the lead and does it will be the ultimate power in the world. The technology is there. It just needs to be done in mass to make it economically viable.
  • by Steve Location: Tallahassee on Feb 9, 2011 at 06:35 PM
    We need to invest more in those alternative energies. Ethanol IS a viable source right now, and within 3-55 years, cellulosic ethanol will be too, and that will have ZERO impact on our food supplies. If you start drilling for oil today, it will be 10 years or so before any is being produced from that area. I spent 1 month of my summer in Mobile working with the oil spill response. I got to see "ground zero" from a plane. The oil was so thick, it looked like raw sewage from the air (we were about 800 ft high). Had the well been 5 or 10 miles from our coast, that spill would have ruined our beaches FOREVER!! No way should we ever risk it. I hate that they only want to ban drilling from 10 miles in... it should be 25 or 50 miles at a minimum.
  • by Frank Location: Perry on Feb 9, 2011 at 06:31 PM
    Let's save the State of Florda and get rid of "The Snake" Alex Sink and "Yellow belly" Charlie Crist.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2011 at 06:03 PM
    george, Kind of a stupid question, but I'll give an answer. because my car need gasoline to run. My plane needs jet fuel to fly, my lawn mower needs gas to mow the lawn. My generator needs gas to create electricity when the power goes out. My boat need fuel to operate. Give me a viable option and we can start to replace oil.
  • by Bob Location: Jasper on Feb 9, 2011 at 06:02 PM
    Anonymous - Christ ran for senator.. he was defeated. Sink ran for governor... she sank. They had been elected to OTHER offices in the past, they were not running for re-election to anything. Who's not bright?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2011 at 05:57 PM
    Steve, The problem with your REAL ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOLUTIONS is that if these solutions are viable, the investments would have been made long ago. The return just isn't there. Even if the actual solution were to show up today, it would take years to be fully implemented. Look how long it took to completely get rid of regular gas. Like it or not we will be using oil for years to come, and the best thing we can do is drill for oil, and use part of the proceeds from oil leases to fund research into new fuel sources.
  • by george Location: fl. on Feb 9, 2011 at 03:50 PM
    why are we useing oil in 2011 anyway?
  • by x-oil man Location: ga on Feb 9, 2011 at 01:38 PM
    all i got to say about drilling in florida is do you want your state to look like south louisiana? if you never been you need to go before you vote for drilling. it all sounds great but it is a disaster. i can only dream what south louisiana looked like a 100 years ago. it probly resembled the amazon jungle.
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