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We need folks to WRITE, CALL or FAX (or email, but it's less persuasive) the governor ASAP to persuade him to sign S2586. He's considering vetoing the bill on advice from his staff, which has always been partial to Save the Manatee club.

Governor Jeb Bush
Office of the Governor
The Capital
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
850) 488-4441 Fax: (850) 487-0801
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Ask the Governor to Support Senate S2586

We need folks to WRITE, CALL or FAX (or email, but it's less persuasive) the governor ASAP to persuade him to sign S2586. He's considering vetoing the bill on advice from his staff, which has always been partial to Save the Manatee club.

Governor Jeb Bush
Office of the Governor
The Capital
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
[email protected]
(850) 488-4441 Fax: (850) 487-0801

The 2003 Florida legislature passed a bill that should please many boaters. The bill, S2586, creates an Office Of Boating in the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, redirects tax money collected on marine fuels to pay for law enforcement, and removes the requirement that the FWCC solicit opinions from Save the Manatee club on how to spend money collected from manatee license plates.

We like the concept of the Office of Boating, because it will mean that the commissioners hear from "staff" who's job it is to be concerned about impacts to boating in Florida. They'll also be working to get more boat ramps and providing grants to build them.

The law-enforcement provision could help make the Feds back off, because one of their gripes is that there aren't enough law-enforcement personnel on the water. The bill will fund somewhere around 25 new officers.

The most enticing part of the new bill is that Save the Manatee club will be removed from the Florida Statutes (laws) as a mandatory advisory party to the board that doles out the millions of dollars from manatee license plates. We see this as one more chink in their armor--one more step toward getting rid of them altogether
 
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