Bradenton, FL -- On Saturday at 11:00 a.m., business and community leaders will gather water protection activists and supporters in Bradenton at Tower Plaza in Riverwalk. The group will stand in front of a large mural of Florida’s water woes to express support for Senate President Galvano's announcement that he supports hearing clean water legislation in the Senate. In response to widespread support from citizens and an executive order from Governor DeSantis, Senate President Galvano answered reporters on Wednesday that he supports a fracking ban coming to a vote this session, but has yet to state whether he will personally support fracking ban legislation. As the leader of the Senate, advocates are calling on him to ensure comprehensive legislation to address the nutrient pollution and fracking problem is passed.
Florida is stricken with critical water issues and we need to respond by ensuring all forms of fracking are banned and comprehensive legislation to stop nutrient pollution passes through the Senate.
With the Governor’s support for a fracking ban and his acknowledgment of the algae crisis, Florida is the closest it has ever been to stopping these water disasters. Various bipartisan-supported bills have been filed in the legislature for the 2019 session to ban the controversial drilling practice and to address pollutants fueling algal growth.
What: 50+ person rally and visual to call on Senate President Galvano to lead legislative efforts to ban fracking and stop nutrient pollution
When: Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Tower Plaza at River Walk, 808 3rd Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205.
Who: Business and community leaders, Food & Water Watch, Hands Along the Water - Sarasota, Center for Biological Diversity, National Nurses United, Floridians Against Fracking and local residents.