Long speaks up for ban on offshore oil drilling
Former state Rep. Janet Long, D-Seminole, is joining the chorus against offshore drilling by sending an email supporting a constitutional amendment banning it within 10 miles of Florida's coast. Long, who lost to Republican Rep. Larry Ahern in November, now works with St. Petersburg College (the email came via a private account.)
Here's the message.
I want to alert you to a very important amendment initiative that was announced today.
Normally, I do not favor amending our state constitution, but I strongly support this initiative because it would protect our economy and environment by prohibiting drilling within 10 miles of our beautiful Florida beaches.
House Joint Resolution 383 would allow voters to decide if they want to permanently declare Florida a state free of oil drilling and exploration near its beaches.
We must give Floridian’s an opportunity to oppose coastal oil drilling. Not only to preserve our great quality of life, but to boost tourist confidence after last year’s horrific Gulf Oil Spill and to protect the future of our tourism industry.
This amendment is more than just about protecting a 10 mile area around our coast. It also sends a message to the federal government that Floridians do not want oil drilling near our coast, even beyond the 10 mile area.
To learn more about “Save our Shores! Florida,” the organization behind the initiative, and to make a financial donation to the cause, please visit their website at: http://www.sosfla.org
I hope you will support this initiative that is so near and dear to my heart. We call this great state home in part because of our beautiful, pristine beaches and we have a responsibility to protect them for future generations.