The additional coalition members represent a diverse cross section of Floridians concerned about equitable spending of state conservation dollars and the negative impacts of SB 10.
Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, Stand Up for North Florida announced the addition of 16 leadership committee members from around the state who are joining the group, which was formed last year to focus on the water and conservation needs of North and North central Florida. The coalition has voiced concern over Senate President Joe Negron’s plan to use farmland in south Florida to build a multi-billion dollar reservoir project to address Lake Okeechobee’s water filtration needs.
“Today, the Florida Senate continued to show that they are prioritizing South Florida’s needs over those of the rest of the state,” said former Congressman Steve Southerland, the coalition’s chair. “SB 10, as amended, will still bond $1.5 billion dollars, creating huge debt, and establishing a project that could cost multiple billions of dollars. This project will undoubtedly jeopardize funding for conservation projects for not only North Florida, but all of the state’s important water issues.”
Southerland continued, “Our coalition’s message is resonating with people around the state, not just in north Florida. Obviously, we originally formed to protect our own area of the state, but these new coalition members, a cross section of men and women from all over Florida, recognize that President Negron’s plan won’t solve the problem and will have a detrimental impact on the state as a whole. We look forward to working with them as we continue to highlight this issue and work toward a solution that is effective and fair to all Florida taxpayers.”
The new coalition members include: