Location:Silver River State Park - 1425 N.E. 58th Ave. Ocala, Florida 34470
This event is in the past.
Please join former Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Graham and the Florida Conservation Coalition, in partnership with Silver River Museum, Silver Springs Alliance, and Marion County Springs Festival at “Speak Up for Silver Springs and Florida’s Waters” on June 23rd from 10 am – 4 pm. This call to action to protect and restore Florida’s imperiled waterways will be held at Silver River State Park and will include important public statements by FCC leaders, educational presentations, nature exhibits, outdoor activities, and live music.
We hope everyone who is concerned with the health of Silver Springs, and all of Florida's water resources, will come together to celebrate our outstanding waterways, learn about the significant water quality and supply challenges we are facing, and advocate for the protection and restoration of Florida’s imperiled waterways.
I am coming to network with like minded individuals and if I have fun (festival) doing so I do not believe that enjoyment detracts from the damn serious mission to save the state from free market ideologues and the urban sprawl mindset developement interests.
Rusty, I think of this as a way to meet new friends for the waters of this State. We are not limiting this event only to people who have already stated they are fighting for the waters. We want to have new members/friends join us in this fight. The music and activities will bring other people, visitors to the Springs out to enjoy the day, over to our area and we will be able to converse with them and hopefully they will join the fight. This is not a political rally where nobody is going to come unless you already support the candidate. We need to show a united front, but also reach out to the general public for more to join us. Music and activities are a great way to entice people!
@Rusty: Think of it as being like an old-fashioned political rally but instead of rallying around a candidate, we are rallying around our waters. There's no reason we can't provide a show of support and also enjoy ourselves; those two things are not mutually exclusive. But if you can't come and still want your voice to be heard, one good way to do that might be to contact your elected representatives and ask them what they are doing to ensure that Florida's natural resources are preserved and protected, as mandated in the Florida Constitution (Article II, Section 7a). That's just a suggestion. Thank you for caring about our water.
I think it is a bad idea to turn this into a festival and may not come after all. I thought this was to be a demonstration of force to let Tallahassee know that they cannot continue to give our water away to special interests. But now I see adtivities and music. Really? Some of us have lives but still want our voices to be heard.
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