Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Hernando commissioners to weigh dueling resolutions on offshore drilling

Do oil rigs off the coast of Hernando County sound like a good idea?

That depends on whom you ask.

Hernando County commissioners plan to introduce two nonbinding resolutions at Tuesday's meeting — one for and the other against a plan to open Florida's coast for drilling.

Commissioner Dave Russell, a Republican, said he plans to introduce a resolution pushing for drilling off Florida's west coast.

GOP leaders from President Bush and presumptive nominee John McCain to Gov. Charlie Crist and Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite have called for a lift of a federal offshore-drilling ban.

Russell said he's long supported drilling offshore, dating back to when he served in the Florida Legislature. He said he would support measures to allow drilling 50 miles or farther from Florida's coastline.

"It should be up to the experts where to find oil, not the politicians," Russell said.

Russell's Democratic colleague, commission Chairman Chris Kingsley, said he is poised to introduce his own resolution that opposes offshore drilling.

Commissioner Diane Rowden, also a Democrat, said any plan to drill for more oil is counterproductive.

"Our solution to the problem isn't to go out and find more fossil fuels," Rowden said. "Our solution is to use less."

Rowden said the country's current oil crisis could have been avoided had the government sought alternative energy sources during the oil crisis of the 1970s.

Kingsley said he will likely introduce the resolution during his allotted time during Tuesday's meeting.

"It's a relatively timely issue," he said.

But Commissioner Rose Rocco, a Democrat, is willing to wait.

She said she is not ready to support either resolution, though she's against offshore drilling.

"I don't think we should support offshore drilling until it's the last option we have," Rocco said.

She doesn't think it's wise to rush any decision, however, adding that she would like to take some time and do her homework.

Parks and recreation director Pat Fagan, who oversees two waterfront parks, said any decision must be made after careful thought.

Tourism drives Florida's economy, and he said any damage to the state's beaches or mangroves would hurt the industry.

Michael Sanserino can be reached at msanserino@sptimes.com or (352) 848-1430.

Hernando commissioners to weigh dueling resolutions on offshore drilling 06/22/08 [Last modified: Monday, June 23, 2008 11:10am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Shakeup on Adam Putnam campaign

    Blogs

    In a sign of unsteadiness for what  had  looked like a strong-out-of-the-gate Adam Putnam campaign, the Republican frontrunner suddenly fired his campaign manager and political director. Hard-charging Campaign manager Kristin Davis and political director Jared Small were two of the three outsiders to join …

    Putnam campaigning in Destin the other day as part of his 22-city bus tour
  2. Rays let early lead get away again in loss to Angels (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — As pleased as the Rays were to win consecutive series against the contending Red Sox, Indians and Yankees and to get briefly back over .500, there was a lot of talk in the clubhouse before Monday's game against the Angels that it was time to do better.

    Tampa Bay Rays third base coach Charlie Montoyo (25) high fives designated hitter Corey Dickerson (10) as he rounds third on his lead off home run in the first inning of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Angels at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Monday, May 22, 2017.
  3. Tampa man arrested for killing man in his USF-area home

    Crime

    TAMPA — A Tampa man was arrested Monday in the death of man found killed at a home in the University of South Florida area last week, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

    Kadeem Dareem Archibald, 26, was arrested Monday on a  second degree murder charge in the University Area killing of Khando Kerr. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  4. Report: Trump asked intel chiefs to push back against FBI collusion probe after Comey revealed its existence

    National

    President Donald Trump asked two of the nation's top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, the Washington Post reports, citing current and former officials.

    From  left, CIA Director Mike Pompeo; Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats; and National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers take their seats on Capitol Hill on May 11 before  testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on major threats facing the U.S. [Associated Press]
  5. For Gov. Rick Scott, 'fighting' could mean vetoing entire state budget

    State Roundup

    Every day, Gov. Rick Scott is getting a lot of advice.

    The last time a Florida governor vetoed the education portion of the state budget was in 1983. Gov. Bob Graham blasted fellow Democrats for their “willing acceptance of mediocrity.”