Environmental & Natural Resources

Newsletter NRC Report Mar 2018 2.0.docx


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Response from Rep. Ralph Massullo's office regarding funding the budget for Springs Restoration Program - septic to sewer and cleaning up King's Bay/Crystal River.


Mrs. Connor,

 

Thank you for your email regarding the article in the paper about the budget.  The budget has not been finalized and I can promise you that we are fighting for our share of funding to protect our beautiful resources in our community.  The Springs are our top priority when it comes to appropriations.  Please let me know if you have any further questions or concerns.  I hope you have a great day and thank you for taking your time to be involved in the legislature. 

  

Respectfully,

  

 Adele Scordato

Legislative Aide to

Representative Ralph Massullo, MD

District 34

4067 N Lecanto Hwy

Beverly Hills, FL 34465

(352)527-4510


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Senate Reworking Water Funds -------------------------------

Suncoast 2 Opposition Seeking Funding (Update added)

Suncoast 2 is planned to be a 4 lane (approved for 8 lanes) toll road from the Hernando/Citrus county line north to
SR 44 in Citrus County.  No one is sure, except maybe FDOT, where Suncoast 2 will go after SR 44. It could go north to Norvel Bryant (CR486) or terminate at 44, sending traffic east through Inverness to I-75 or to US 41 to go to points north towards Ocala and Gainesville or to a very crowded US 19 in the center of Crystal River. The public has been left in the dark about this mysterious route.

The projected traffic on Suncoast 2 to SR 44 is woefully small much like the north section of the existing Suncoast.  It is noteworthy that many years after completion of the Suncoast Parkway the road does not generate enough in tolls to pay for itself. Extending the road into Citrus County will not produce enough revenue to pay for the bonds. Yet the state is willing to spend $257 million on this 13 mile stretch into Citrus County. Governor Scott put $150 M into the budget for it but won't say why or where it is coming from.  One can only speculate about the intent and feasibility as no studies have been done to assess the impact of ending at 44 or going “somewhere north” and not to US 19 as was the original plan.

The I-75 task force concluded that improvements to I-75 should be the first priority. But as long as Suncoast 2 remains on the books routes other than I-75 are likely to dominate. Certainly other cities like Inverness and neighborhoods will suffer if these alternative routes prevail.

A non-profit has been formed to stop Suncoast 2 until the northern route is known and all stakeholders have been empowered. The name is: Friends of ETNA Turpentine Camp. We are seeking donations for legal help. Donations can be sent to Friends of ETNA Turpentine Camp, PO Box 75, Floral City, Florida 34436. Below is a link to articles from the Dec/Jan edition of the Suncoast Standard that gives information on ETNA and the history of the proposed road.

https://indd.adobe.com/view/78e95d1c-87b8-46c7-bcbe-0a0b6376588c

"The Task Force did not approve as first on its list the construction of this new road west of I-75 but put it last. Its first choice was to improve I-75 and also promote traffic taking alternate routes west of I-75, specifically SR 44 from I-75 in Wildwood to this new SC 2 segment ending at SR 44 in the middle of Citrus County. Governor Scott for unknown reasons put in last year's budget $150 M to make this road go. Total cost for the road is $257 M or over 1/4 of a BILLION DOLLARS to go where? There is no approval from the Task Force to build any further in the near future. We do know it will destroy the Etna Turpentine Camp that is on the National Register and actually was a town up until 1926 and part of the main industry then in Citrus County and in Florida. It's a lost part of history as they used leased convict labor comprised mainly of African-Americans arrested by local sheriffs on trumped up minor charges and forced to work in horrible conditions and be whipped if they did not make their quota. We know also that it will destroy 700 acres of the Withlacoochee State Forest which it traverses for 7 miles. The SC 2 also runs in its entirety over the Brooksville Ridge which is the main recharge area for the first magnitude coastal springs that are home to the manatees of world fame. SWFWMD actually in its infinite wisdom approved the road for being eight lane and allows them to use closed depressions for drainage ponds. The Floridan Aquifer in Citrus County has no confining clay layer to speak of and these depressions are indicators of fractures and conduits in the karst geology of the Brooksville Ridge. So where does road pollution and spills go? Right to the springs!!! I learned all this from SWFWMD's own research which they refused to follow as the directors now are all yes men to Governor Scott just like all the other water boards. Scott's $150 M could be better spent on the Everglades projects. It's a lot of money!!! People don't seem to get that. This is not pocket change. And for a 13 mile road in a county with just 140,000 residents with the second highest poverty rate in the state and a population 1/3rd of which is over 65. What's the purpose here, Governor Scott? So please consider supporting our efforts to stop this totally useless expenditure of tax dollars."
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Clean Manufacturing of EPS, Expanded Polystyrene , Idea to promote job growth in Citrus County?


     

                    

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PV Magazine Updates

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 Tallahassee Democrat, 5/17/16
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"Florida Approves Increase in Toxins for Waters"
JULY 26, 2016
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Big Cypress National Preserve

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Keeping Your Lawn Green with NO WATER
         Hey folks, Don't water and fertilize your grass to   make it green...paint it! It's cheaper, saves on fertilizer costs and mowing and best of all, saves and protects water. Golf courses have been doing it for decades!!!
         Roger Dobronyi...
           GREEN GRASS

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            Tribute To Mother Earth
           
                                   
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             Environmental Impact of Peat Mining

              Information for those that use peat moss in yards and gardens.   Negative impact we never knew before! 

                                   

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