Florida is growing in leaps and bounds, more than one million more people now than in 2010! It’s hard to miss all the new development. For us and the birds and wildlife, it is our responsibility to ensure that new development happens in the most environmentally safe way possible. Duval Audubon Society will try to keep you informed of related current issues and how you can make your voice heard.

While you may get alerts from organizations asking you to sign petitions, calling or emailing your representative is much more effective. A call is the best and only takes a minute. You only need to identify yourself and indicate if you support or don’t support the issue involved. If it is a particular bill, the number of the bill should be noted.

To find out who represents you in government, link to the following websites:

 U.S. House www.house.gov/representatives/find/

              U.S. Senate www.senate.gov/senators         

 Florida House www.myfloridahouse.gov

              Florida Senate www.flsenate.gov/senators/find              

 Jacksonville City Council member City Council members

              Mayor Lenny Curry www.coj.net/mayor-curry.aspx

              Nassau County Commissioners www.nassaucountyfl.com

              Clay County Commissioners www.claycountygov.com/about-us/board-of-county-commissioners

Pending issues:

Please encourage your Sate Senator to SUPPORT SB 10. This bill authorizes the purchase of land to use for overflow when Lake Okeechobee is full. This land would prevent polluted fresh water from being sent to sea via the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries. When this happened in 2016 it resulted in a massive, toxic blue-green algae bloom. See your current Audubon Naturalist magazine or visit fl.audubon.org for further details.