If we met before spring, these are likely the first words you heard from me. They are still true. We face new and difficult challenges, yet our environmental crisis remains. I will do whatever it takes to protect our beaches. Our waters are our way of life and our livelihood.
I won't let Tallahassee forget that.
There is no District 72 without clean, clear water. Our environment and the local economy that depends on it are our inheritance, our paycheck, and our retirement.
And yet, virtually every neighborhood in District 72 has a storm water retention pond containing high levels of pesticide, herbicide and arsenic. The aquifer that flows just below our feet is being drained and polluted. We drink bottled water because we don’t trust what flows from our tap.
Years of failed and neglectful state policies have protected the interests of polluters and mismanaged developers at the expense of our beaches and aquifers. The stench of Red Tide represented a catastrophic failure of our legislature to protect our water supply. Over $15 million tax dollars were spent to clean millions of dead fish from our beaches just in 2019. Tens of millions more were lost as tourists avoided our shores. Many small business owners paid the consequence and were forced to shut down.
This neglect must stop. I am committed to protecting our natural resources, our priceless beaches, and the economy they support by forming alliances with inland counties and drafting laws criminalizing the pollution of our waterways.
Please join me, Drake Buckman, to fight for the right to clean water supplies for District 72 as your candidate for State Representative. Contact me today with your questions or comments.
Sarasota County Utilities issues an annual report summarizing the quality of their water. A copy of the Sarasota water quality report can be viewed on the Sarasota County website. We all need to work to protect our water supplies in Florida. You can help by doing the following: