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How the 2020 Elections Can Fuel Our Fight

In the 2020 election season, volunteers from 14 counties came together under the leadership of Bullsugar board member, Blair Wickstrom, to launch the VoteWater campaign, a new effort of Bullsugar designed to identify clean-water candidates in Florida. It got noticed. VoteWater.org drew nearly 100,000 visitors over the course of four months as voters reviewed the clean-water voter guides before heading to the polls this election season. It is because of Floridians who Voted Water that the fight will continue with support and representation at key levels of government. Bullsugar board member and VoteWater county captain Wil Revehl noted that the counties of Lee and Martin topped the list of the most-visited voter guide pages. “Over 100 miles apart, these modest [...]

2020-11-19T13:41:04-05:00November 19th, 2020|Uncategorized|

This it it. #VoteWater, Florida.

Our waters need your vote TODAY. Today is the final day to cast your ballots in the general election. It is the day where action speaks louder than words. Your votes today will impact the policies that govern our waters for years to come. Polls are open until 7:00 p.m., and anyone standing in line at 7:00 p.m. will be eligible to vote. Take one last look at our county-by-county voter guides available at VoteWater.org to see which candidates are best for our waters. Find out where you can vote today at https://gttp.votinginfoproject.org/. Frequently asked voting questions provided by the State of Florida: http://dos.myflorida.com/elections/contacts/frequently-asked-questions/faq-voting/.  Do something today that future generations will thank you for. #VoteWater We’re in this together.

2020-10-29T11:49:30-04:00November 3rd, 2020|Uncategorized|

Last Chance to Vote Early for Clean-Water Candidates!

Early voting hasn’t ended just yet! But you’re running out of time. Get out and #VoteWater, Florida! Depending on where you live in Florida, Saturday or Sunday are the last early voting days before the November 3 General Election. Those times and dates will vary from county to county. You can quickly check specific early voting information for your county by clicking here. The upcoming election results have the potential to take us one major step closer towards winning a political solution to Florida's water management crisis. If you haven't already, get out there and #VoteWater, as if our health, livelihoods, environment, and economy as a state depends on it (because it all does). Need a last-minute guide on who [...]

2020-10-29T11:52:02-04:00October 31st, 2020|Uncategorized|

Toxic Lake O Discharges Have Begun

The moment we hoped would not come this year has arrived. With just days left in the typical rainy season, Floridians are bracing for damage from Lake Okeechobee discharges. Yesterday, the Army Corps of Engineers announced the start of polluted, Lake Okeechobee discharges to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries as an effort to stem the rapid rate of lake level rise. At 16.21 feet, the Corps claims it can no longer comfortably hold back releases without undue stress on the Herbert Hoover Dike. Just 19 days before the general election, it’s a painful reminder that our water management system fails to protect Florida’s precious estuaries, and the operational rules that govern releases of water do not yet account for [...]

2020-10-14T17:09:16-04:00October 14th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Don’t Let Sugar Buy Florida House District 82

Florida’s primary elections are just days away, on Tuesday, August 18. For those of you still on the fence, lean this way and listen. U.S. Sugar and Florida Crystals are putting their stamp on the 2020 cycle, injecting millions of dollars through dark money PACs to help sway important races around the state. Bullsugar.org has confirmed that Rick Kozell, who is running for Florida House of Representative in District 82 covering northern Palm Beach and southern Martin counties, this week received nearly $50,000 from a dark money, sugar-funded PAC called “Florida Prosperity Fund.” “This should alarm anyone in this district, which is ground zero for the massive toxic discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie estuary,” said Dave Preston, [...]

2020-08-14T09:54:03-04:00August 13th, 2020|Uncategorized|

VoteWater Yard Sign Pick Up Locations

We've got signs! Shipments of VoteWater yard signs have been sent out to County Captains across the state and we are working on making pick up locations available. Keep checking back--confirmed locations and times and/or contacts are listed below and will continue to be updated. Send us photos of your support for the VoteWater movement! There's no greater endorsement in communities than from the people who live and work there. We'd love to see photos of your signs in front of your homes, businesses, boats, and smiling faces! Send your photos to yardsigns@bullsugar.org so that we can feature support for voting water from all around the state. Please send specific inquiries to yardsigns@bullsugar.org LEE/COLLIER COUNTY Signs are now available behind [...]

2020-08-03T13:16:06-04:00August 3rd, 2020|Uncategorized|

Political Courage Can Fix Florida’s Water Crisis

Political courage can fix Florida’s water crisis. No longer should Floridians tolerate threats to their health from outdated water-management policy that neglects their best interest. Environmental degradation contributes to the collapse of community businesses and threatens to end a way of life, tied to the water, and deeply ingrained in generations of residents and visitors. There is a way forward. And Florida voters hold the key. We’re already seeing a glimpse of the success that’s possible. Thanks to insistent pressure by the public and a few courageous lawmakers, the Army Corps is changing the way they manage Lake Okeechobee specifically to prevent harmful health effects from toxic algae. To ensure real relief to communities that suffer year after year, we [...]

2020-07-30T17:40:38-04:00July 30th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Florida Primary Election Clean-Water Voter Guides Are Here!

Clean-water voter guides are now available at VoteWater.org. We need your help: Please share them with everyone you know who cares about clean water. VoteWater volunteers surveyed candidates running for office in coastal areas of Florida for their stances on five major issues facing water quality in the state. Answers to the surveys as well as other considerations helped us rate candidates in nearly every major race in 14 counties. The guides are organized by county, they include Democrats and Republicans committed to solving Florida's water crisis, and they highlight individuals who have made a commitment to challenging the status quo. Florida's primary election day is fast-approaching. We've taken some of the homework out of the equation to help you [...]

2020-07-22T12:44:56-04:00July 22nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

VoteWater Releases First 10 Water Warrior Endorsements

The latest from the VoteWater front https://youtu.be/t-zSP4e1obI The VoteWater campaign hits the big screen with a statewide television campaign set to begin airing the first week of July on Fox Sports Sun. The commercial will air four times a week from July thru November. Fox Sports Sun, with over 8-million households in the state, hosts the most popular fishing and outdoor blocks of programming in the state. It is also home to several professional sports teams, such as the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic. The commercial, which was produced by Stuart based production company Deep See Visuals, includes "I Vote Water" testimonials from a variety of people who care about the water. Spotlighting business owners, a mother and a doctor, [...]

2020-06-25T07:16:59-04:00June 25th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Bullsugar Announces Debut of Clean Water Election Site, VoteWater.org

Today, Bullsugar.org is proud to announce the debut of a new initiative, Vote Water, that will spearhead our clean-water voter guides for the 2020 election season. VoteWater.org is a nonpartisan, grassroots effort designed to help Floridians identify clean-water candidates committed to policymaking that addresses Florida’s toxic bloom crises and the restoration of America’s Everglades. We can’t fix our water problems unless we fix the politics that created them. CLICK HERE TO BECOME A BULLSUGAR.ORG MEMBER! “The Vote Water campaign is a critically important effort to help voters focus on the protection and restoration of the Everglades, Florida Bay, rivers and coastal estuaries when considering candidates at the local, state and federal level during the 2020 elections,” Bullsugar board member Ray [...]

2020-05-28T09:18:29-04:00May 28th, 2020|Uncategorized|