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As we appear to be more polarized than ever, let us not forget that here in Charlotte county we all pledge allegiance to the same flag under God regardless of party. As we begin discussions with our neighbors we should start with issues on which we have almost total agreement such as: Environmental issues, Pharmaceutical costs, Veterans, Seniors, Children and Grandchildren, Family, Social Security, Medicare without supplemental insurance, First Responders, strong schools to increase housing values, fair wages to all private sector workers, wages to all public workers that reflect the fact we are now the third largest state by population and improve all of our resident’s quality of life.
While we are talking with our neighbors about these easy to agree on issues we should check with the Florida division of elections to make sure our representatives such as Michael Grant and Joe Gruters...are not taking money from political committees such as Mosaic‘s and Bristol-Myers Squibb‘s ...that may be counter to our agreements as voters. Fairness and justice for all.
The environment is the number one issue in Florida House of Representatives District 75. We need efforts that neutralize and then reverse the effects of phosphate mining, nitrates, and carbons.
A) Phosphate Mining : Mosaic, Inc., the largest phosphate mining operator in the United States is trying to expand its operations into DeSoto county, this is unacceptable. Time to give incentives to Farmers and Ranchers to use regenerative agricultural-
“If you’ve never heard of regenerative agricultural and land use practices to naturally sequester a critical mass of CO2 in the soil and forests, you’re not alone. One of the best-kept secrets in the world today is that the solution to global warming and the climate crisis ( as well as poverty and deteriorating public health) lies right under our feet, and at the end of our knives and forks” Ronnie Cummins, Regeneration International Steering Committee Member., and reduce the use of fertilizers in general. We need to set up verifiable best practices for golf courses, municipalities, homeowners, ect.
B) Nitrates : They are another ingredient of fertilizer. They run into our estuaries and when combined with phosphates, at a Sixteen (16) part nitrate to one (1) part phosphate level, cause the growth of harmful blue-green algae. New evidence shows that blue-green algae accelerates and/or causes ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and Alzheimers. When nitrates (16 parts) and phosphates (1 part) combine in the Gulf it feeds the red tide that can devastate our quality of life in Florida House District 75.
C) Carbon : I believe that all new businesses moving into Florida House District 75 should have a plan to use renewable energy. I believe that all existing businesses
should have a plan that eliminates carbon usage by the year 2035.
I am on the record saying the first bill I will introduce in the Florida House of Representatives will be Research and Development into the cause and healthcare effects of blue-green algae and red tide. It will include protections for the Peace River and Charlotte Harbor. It will include protections for all canals, rivers, creeks, and ponds of Charlotte county.
Before we send persons to Mars, at a cost of tens of billions of dollars, we need to take care of our own backyard.
There is no planet B.
As always your opinions matter, one thing I always say is follow the science.
Fairness and justice for all.