As we approach 2018, here is a list of the campaigns Surfrider is advocating for in our beautiful State of Florida. You can help and be a part of a “victory” by emailing, calling and contacting your elected officials to let them know you “Support” or “Oppose” the following legislative actions. Your voice matters and participating (calling/emailing/contacting) elected officials is one of the most important actions you can take for our environment each year.
If you have questions, concerns or need help locating your local officials, email us or reach out via social media! We’re happy to help you get started and point you in the right direction. Together we can make a difference in 2018!
Recyclable Materials: SB 1014 (Sen. Stewart) & HB 6039 (Rep. Richardson):
Deleting a preemption of local law relating to regulation of single-use plastic bags.
Disposable Bags: SB 348 (Sen. Rodriguez)
Allow coastal municipalities to create a pilot program to regulate or ban disposable plastic bags.
Coral Reefs: SB 232 (Sen. Book) & HB 53 (Rep. Jacobs) PASSED! 02/07/2018
Establish the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Ecosystem Conservation Area.
Public Financing of Construction Projects: SB 542 (Sen. Rodriguez)
Prohibiting state-financed constructors from building in certain coastal areas without first conducting a sea level impact projection study.
Regulation of Smoking: SB 562 (Sen. Mayfield) & HB 627 (Rep. Altman)
Authorizes municipalities and counties to restrict smoking in public parks.
Gulf of Mexico Range Complex: SR 550 (Sen. Broxon) & HR 319 (Rep. Ponder)
Resolution supporting an extension of the current moratorium on drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico.
Florida Healthy Beaches Program
Restore funding to monitor beaches for dangerous bacteria and water pollution. Appropriate $525,000 to the Florida Department of Health expressly for the Florida Healthy Beaches Program.
Possession of Real Property: SB 804 (Sen. Passidomo) & HB 631 (Rep. Edwards)
Prohibiting Customary Use ordinances, requiring a judicial determination customary use claim be determined by a court on a parcel-by-parcel basis.
Tree Trimming, Removal, and Harvesting: SB 574 (Sen. Steube) & HB 521 (Rep. Edwards)
Preempting the local regulation of trimming, removal, or harvesting of trees on private property.