We Have News From Tallahassee!

We have news from Tallahassee! The Florida Senate and House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 10 yesterday, paving the way for a much needed EAA Reservoir. This was an incredibly important day for the Everglades and the future of Florida’s water!

Thanks to people like you – fishing guides, anglers, business owners, homeowners and people from around the country – Florida’s legislators heard from the people about why sending water to the EAA reservoir is so important.

Each and every one of you who took the time to sign the Now or Neverglades Declaration and contact elected officials played a part in bringing this legislation so far.

We appreciate the House and Senate working together to create and pass this bill. Now it is headed to Governor Scott’s desk. We are so close!

Thank you for all your support and everything you have done to help us protect Florida’s water. But our work is not over. This is not the first time the Everglades was declared saved. We must remain vigilant to ensure that the EAA reservoir has enough storage, treatment and conveyance to restore health to our estuaries. Our Now or Neverglades effort is more important than ever, and we can’t rest on our laurels until the the water is flowing south.

But today, let’s celebrate our historic achievement! YOU made this happen. Thank you.

Take Action! Call Your State Representative Today.

We are so very close to getting the most important part of Everglades restoration in place – a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee to store, clean and properly convey freshwater south to the Everglades and Florida Bay and reducing toxic discharges out the Caloosahatchee and St Lucie Estuaries.

Thanks to your efforts, Florida Senators received thousands of phone calls urging them to vote yes on the bill, and our Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of it.

At this critical time, we turn our efforts to the Florida House of Representatives, asking them simply to pass the bill intact – no more amendments! No more complex, unrelated pork barrel political trading. We ask them to just do the right thing for the future of Florida’s quality of life, health, economy and environment.

Please take two minutes TODAY to make these important calls to the committee chair, vice-chair and your representatives.

It will make a world of difference for Everglades restoration. They need to hear from you before the committee meets on Monday!

Below are phone numbers for Rep. Matt Caldwell (Chair) and Rep. Charlie Stone (Vice-Chair). Please call them. Your county Representative’s number is also listed. Please call them as well.

It’s truly Now or Neverglades for all of us.


Contact your representatives TODAY and tell them to pass Senator Negron’s water bill with no amendments!

Representative Matt Caldwell, Chair, (R)- part of Lee County
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5079

Representative Charlie Stone, Vice-Chair, (R)- Levy and part of Marion County
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5022

Committee Members By County

Alachua County – Representative Clovis Watson, Jr. (D)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5020

Bay County – Representative Brad Drake (R)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5005

Broward County – Representative Kristin Jacobs (D)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5096

Collier County – Representative Bob Rommel (R)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5106

DeSoto County – Representative Ben Albritton (R)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5056

Duval County – Representative Jay Fant (R)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5015

Glades County – Representative Cary Pigman (R)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5055

Hardee County – Representative Ben Albritton (R)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5056

Highlands County – Representative Cary Pigman (R)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5055

Hillsborough County – Representative Wengay M. “Newt” Newton, Sr.(D)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5070

Representative Dan Raulerson (R)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5058

Holmes County – Representative Brad Drake (R)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5005

Jackson County – Representative Brad Drake (R)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5005

Manatee County – Representative Wengay M. “Newt” Newton, Sr. (D)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5070

Marion County – Representative Clovis Watson, Jr.
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5020

Miami-Dade County – Representative Barbara Watson, Democratic Ranking Member, (D)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5107

Representative Holly Raschein (R)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5120

Monroe County – Representative Holly Raschein (R)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5120

Okaloosa County – Representative Jayer Williamson (R)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5003

Okeechobee County – Representative Cary Pigman (R)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5055

Orange County – Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith (D)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5049

Palm Beach County – Representative Joseph Abruzzo (D)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5081

Representative Matt Willhite (D)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5086

Pasco County – Representative Amber Mariano (R)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5036

Pinellas County – Representative Chris Latvala (R)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5067

Representative Wengay M. “Newt” Newton, Sr. (D)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5070

Polk County – Representative Ben Albritton (R)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5056

Representative Colleen Burton (R)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5040

Representative Neil Combee (R)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5039

Santa Rosa County – Representative Jayer Williamson (R)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5003

Sarasota County – Representative Wengay M. “Newt” Newton, Sr. (D)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5070

Seminole County – Representative Scott Plakon (R)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5029

St. Lucie County – Representative Cary Pigman (R)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5055

Volusia County – Representative Patrick Henry (D)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5026

Representative David Santiago (R)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5027

Walton and Washington Counties – Representative Brad Drake (R)
Tallahassee office: (850) 717-5005