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Petition to USATF (National Governing Body)

Create an Additional USA Track & Field (USATF) Association in the State of Florida

USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track & field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States. This is a petition to form an additional USATF Florida association by dividing the current Florida association into two regions, North and South.  A second association will vastly help the development of USA track and field in Florida by relieving the current overburdened single association and better serving the direct needs and expectations of USATF athletes and members on a more localized level.  The addition of a USATF Florida South association will allow for at least 20 additional USATF sanctioned events per year which will afford more opportunities for athletes located in central and south Florida to compete in the USATF and lead to positive outcomes for these athletes, members and the USATF overall.  The newly proposed USATF Florida South association will include the following counties:  Manatee, Hardee, Highlands, Okeechobee, St. Lucie and all points South.  (view map)  The proposed South division will include a total population base of 8,380,469 out of the 21,000,000 total population in the state of Florida.  We are open to adding additional counties to make the division more even, based on population.  The committee to form the proposed USATF Florida South association currently consists of USATF Certified Officials, Coaches, Athletes and current and former USATF Board Members.  This committee collectively has over 500 years of expertise and experience with a proven ability to effectively lead and expand USA track and field through a newly formed USATF Florida South association.  Please sign today and forward this petition to all of the friends, families and colleagues in your networks. WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? Three main factors have led to this petition: (1) The Enormity of the State of Florida Limits the Ability of Athletes, Coaches, Officials and Members to Attend USATF Events: The immense size of Florida creates extreme driving times for many athletes and officials to attend meets.  Even a meet held in Orlando (centrally located in the state) is a 3.5 hour drive from Miami and a 4.5 hour drive from Tallahassee.  For meets held in Jacksonville, the drive from Miami or Pensacola one way is 5.5 hours and from Key West is 9 hours.   In the extreme case, an athlete driving from Key West to attend a meet in Pensacola would have to drive 14 hours ONE WAY. These lengthy travel times make it difficult for individual athletes and their families to attend USATF events, which for many athletes, may take only a few minutes to complete.  Their participation becomes even harder to justify when the added expenses of gas, food and overnight lodging are factored into their decision-making. (2) Constrained Resources of the Current Single Association Limit Its Ability to Serve Current Athletes and Recruit New USATF Members:  Each year, many areas in Florida have few, if any, USATF sanctioned meets.  Coupled with point #1 above, this has led to the USATF Florida member base being drastically under served.      The current single association is stretched too thin to fully meet the current members’ needs and expectations, which directly and negatively impacts the current association's ability to recruit and retain USATF members. (3) Total Population of Florida Can Easily Support an Additional Association: Since the inception of USATF Florida decades ago, the population of Florida has grown by several million.   The current population of 21 million Florida residents can now easily support the addition of a new association. This point is proven by the number of USATF associations currently in existence in the 4 most populated states:  California:  38 Million population with 4 USATF Associations Texas:  28 Million population with 5 USATF Associations New York:  20 Million with 4 USATF Associations Pennsylvania:  13 Million population with 2 USATF Associations And yet Florida, with a population of over 21 Million only has one USATF Association.  A single USATF Florida association cannot, and realistically should not, be expected to handle the enormity of the track and field needs throughout the state of Florida. Please sign today to form an additional USATF association in the state of Florida and forward this petition to all of the friends, families and colleagues in your networks. Thanks for your support!  Committee to Form a Second USATF Florida Association

Committee to Form a Second USATF FL Association (USATF FL South)
167 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Ralph Massullo Jr., Wilton Simpson

Body camera use in Citrus County

Law enforcement around the country are using on-body cameras with success to protect both civilians and police officers. Citrus County should adopt this technology. Florida (HB 5001) (2016) appropriated $145,413 for a body camera pilot project at Sumter Correctional Institution. Funding will provide for every correctional officer on duty supervising youthful offenders to be equipped with body cameras. An additional appropriation of $250,000 is provided for grants for county sheriff's offices to purchase body-worn cameras for deputies. The sheriff's office must make an in-kind or cash match equal to the amount of the grant. Preference for grants is given to sheriff departments in areas with denser populations.   Additionally, Law enforcement agencies can apply for a grant under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program.  The JAG Program, authorized under 42 U.S.C. §3751(a), is the leading source of federal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. The JAG Program provides states, tribes, and local governments with critical funding necessary to support a range of program areas including law enforcement, prosecution, indigent defense, courts, crime prevention and education, corrections and community corrections, drug treatment and enforcement, planning, evaluation, technology improvement, and crime victim and witness initiatives and mental health programs and related law enforcement and corrections programs, including behavioral programs and crisis intervention teams.   Lack of funds in a budget is the wrong answer when it comes to safety for all in our community.  Let's keep Citrus County safe, respectable, and honest by ensuring that people, whether they are officers or members of the general public, are held accountable for their actions. Please join me in asking the Citrus County Sheriff's Office to adopt body cameras.     

Natasha Mackenzie
221 supporters