Miami Chapter


The Florida Legislature is gearing up for the 2019 Legislative Session! The 60-day session begins on March 5th and ends on May 3rd. Here’s what you need to know about bills that might impact our ocean, waves, and beaches!

Please note that this list of legislation is still evolving, and we still have a few bills in the hopper that have not been published yet.

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 2019!



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  • Senator Hutson and Representatives Sabatini and Fine have filed legislation to preempt (ban) all local straw ordinances, SB 588 and HB 603. Once again the Florida Legislature is attempting to take away local control of the issues that impact our communities and our beaches. The following are sponsors/co-sponsors of the bad bills: Sen. Hutson, Sen. Bradley, Rep. Sabatini, Rep. Fine, Rep. Hill, Rep. McClure, and Rep. Roach. Please contract the bill sponsors, and politely let them know you oppose preemption of local straw ordinances: Rep. Sabatini (850-717-5032), Rep. Fine (850-717-5053) and Sen. Hutson (850-487-5007).  MORE