About Us - Stand Up For North Florida

About Us

Our Mission

Stand Up North Florida is a grassroots coalition of Floridians from North and Central Florida that believe the vital water resources of our region must be protected. Water plays an important role for our region - directly impacting economics through tourism, agriculture and fishing, while directly impacting our daily life and survival.

With more than 70 percent of Florida's river water sheds and nearly all of the state's springs, North and Central Florida impact statewide water issues as well and provide nearly all of the recharge to the Floridan Aquifer, the state's largest drinking water source.

In 2014, Florida voters passed Amendment 1, creating the Land Acquisition Trust Fund and a dedicated pot of funds for conservation projects for 20 years. In order to protect the waters of North and Central Florida, these and other dollars should be equitably shared across the state, rather than having a majority of funds dedicated to one region or area.


Our Chairman

Hon. Steve Southerland

A lifelong resident of Panama City, Florida, Southerland earned a degree in business management from Alabama’s Troy State University and an additional degree in mortuary science from Jefferson State Junior College. After college in 1987, he joined his family’s three generation business, Southerland Family Funeral Homes, where he still serves as an officer and stockholder.

Southerland was first elected to Congress in 2010 to represent Florida’s Second Congressional District and was its first elected Republican since Reconstruction.

While in office from 2010-2014, he served on the Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Transportation and Infrastructure committees. Southerland was chosen by the class of 2010 to be its representative at the Republican Leadership Table for the 113th Congress and he also served as a Republican conferee for reauthorization of both the Transportation and Farm bills. Southerland was also an original co-sponsor of the RESTORE Act, that required oil spill funds from the Clean Water Act go to Gulf communities hurt by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Southerland and his wife, Susan, have four daughters, Samantha, Stephanie, Allison, and Abby.


Our Leadership Committee

  • Rep. Brad Drake, representing Holmes, Jackson, Walton, Washington and part of Bay counties
  • Rep. Jay Fant, representing Duval county
  • Rep. Stan McClain, representing part of Marion county
  • Rep. Elizabeth Porter, representing Baker, Columbia, Hamilton, Suwannee and part of Alachua counties
  • Mr. David Biddle, Gilchrist County, small businessman, volunteer springs advocate, and GOP State Committeeman
  • The Honorable Christine Dobkowski, Marion County, Mayor of Belleview, FL
  • The Honorable Wayne Harris, Okaloosa County, former Okalooosa County Commissioner
  • Rick Joyce, Lake County, CEO of Central Florida Mediators, former Co-CEO of Dixon-Ticonderoga, and former board member of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission
  • Maurice Langston, Wakulla County, former undersheriff and Vice Chair of the Florida Council for Safe Communities
  • The Honorable Matt Schellenberg, Duval County, Jacksonville City Council
  • Jake Godbold, former Jacksonville Mayor and City Councilman
  • The Honorable Jeb Smith, St. Johns County, St. Johns County Commission
  • Mike Williams, Madison County, local businessman, former President of the Madison County Cattleman’s Association, and GOP State Committeeman
  • Charlotte Barber, Tallahassee, retired teacher
  • Tom Barnette, Brooksville, President of Euro-American Tours
  • Nina Beezer, Lutz, retail manager
  • Kathryn Cimato, Ft. Myers, small business owner
  • Leslie Dougher, Clay County, Republican State Committeewoman and former Republican Party of Florida Chairman
  • Karen Dove, Palm Bay, community activist
  • Mara Frazier, Panama City, banker
  • Ellie Kramer, Palm Harbor, community activist
  • Kaye Mille Leesburg, retired teacher and grassroots organizer
  • Margie Patchett, Port Orange, co-founder of Volusia Tax Reform and local public opinion leader
  • Charity Pearrow, Ft. Lauderdale, small business owner
  • The Honorable Jimmie T. Smith, Citrus County Commissioner
  • Leslie Steele, Midway, media production
  • The Honorable Wanda Range, Midway, Midway City Councilwoman
  • Ysryl Yrsyl, Jacksonville, President of the Jacksonville Black Chamber of Commerce