PLEASE SIGN THE NEAR-SHORE OIL DRILLING BAN PETITITON ----

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

FLORIDA’S STATE WATERS EXTEND APPROXIMATELY THREE MILES INTO THE ATLANTIC OCEAN AND 10 MILES INTO THE GULF OF MEXICO.  

IF THE PETITION EFFORT SUCCEEDS, FLORIDIANS WILL BE ALLOWED THE CHANCE TO BAN OIL DRILLING IN STATE WATERS IN NOVEMBER 2012

  1. FLORIDA’S NUMBER ONE ECONOMIC DRIVER IS TOURISM. MILLIONS OF TOURISTS PUMP APPROXIMATELY $50 BILLION PER YEAR INTO OUR STATE. SOILED BEACHES MEANS FEWER VISITORS AND FEWER JOBS FOR FLORIDIANS.

  1. WHILE OIL DRILLING IS PRESENTLY PROHIBITED BY STATE LAW, THAT LAW CAN BE CHANGED AT ANY TIME BY POLITICIANS IN THE LEGISLATURE. INDEED, IN 2009, LEGISLATORS IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES APPROVED LIFTING THE BAN. WE CAN ONLY SECURE THE NEAR-SHORE WATERS BY ALLOWING THE PEOPLE OF FLORIDA TO VOTE. ONCE IN THE CONSTITUTION, ONLY THE PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO CHANGE IT, NOT THE POLITICIANS.   

  1. THIS BAN WILL NOT IMPACT, IN ANY WAY, THE PRESENT OIL DRILLING OPERATIONS IN FEDERAL WATERS; IT WILL SIMPLY PROTECT THE MARINE WATERS NEXT TO OUR COASTLINES.

  1. THIS ISSUE IS POLITICALLY NON-PARTISAN.  FLORIDIANS LOVE OUR BEACHES NO MATTER PARTY AFFILIATION. 

  1. THE BP DEEPWATER HORIZON DISASTER CLEARLY SHOWED US THAT OIL DRILLING IS NOT SAFE. IF THAT CATASTROPHE HAD HAPPENED ON THE COAST, IN FLORIDA WATERS, OUR ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT WOULD HAVE SUFFERED A DEVESTATING BLOW. A  DRILLING BAN WILL STOP THAT POSSIBILITY.

  1. DOES AN OIL BAN BELONG IN THE CONSTITUTION? YES. ONLY ISSUES OF GREAT SIGNIFIGANCE SHOULD BE IN THE STATE CONSTITUTION, AND OIL DRILLING IS ONE OF THOSE. THE PEOPLE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO VOTE ON WHETHER WE WILL CONTINUE AS A MAJOR TOURIST DESTINATION KNOWN FOR OUR NATURAL BEAUTY.  AS OUR WORLD-RENOWNED BEACHES ARE THE VERY ESSENCE OF FLORIDA, PROTECTION OF THE BEACHES BELONGS IN THE CONSTITUTION.    

THANK YOU FOR SIGNING THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PETITION TO ALLOW CITIZENS TO VOTE TO BAN OIL DRILLING IN OUR STATE WATERS. LET US PROTECT FLORIDA’S COASTS FOR OURSELVES, OUR CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN!     --  You may provide your e-mail to fwfonline.org for updates - - 

PLEASE MAIL THE COMPLETED FORM TO: SAVE OUR SEAS, PO BOX 6686, TALLAHASSEE, FL 32314                            Pd. pol. adv. Save our Seas, Beaches and Shores, Inc.., PO Box 6686, Tallahassee, FL 32314