Petition to Adam H Putman, Carol Leger, Lawrence J. Hribard PhD (Senior Entomologist), Andrea Leal ( Director FKMCD Management), Phillip Goodman, Jill Cranney Gage, Brandon Pinder (Secretary-Treasurer), Stanley M. Zuba, MD (Commisioner), Beth Ranson, Danny Kolhage, Anderson H. (Andy) Racley, Ileana Ross- Lehtinen, Curtis Allen, George Neugent, Heather Carruthers, David Rice, Sylvia Murphy, Roman Gastesi Jr., Anderson H. (Andy) Rackley, Steven E. Dwinell, Angela Weeks-Samanie, Kelly Friend, Patricia Lucas, Tom McDonald, Commissioner, Dr. Bernadette Dunham, Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez- Cantera, Governor Rick Scott
Say No to Genetically Modified Mosquitoes Release in the Florida Keys
Right now, a British company named Oxitec is planning to release genetically modified mosquitoes into the fragile enviroment of the Florida Keys. The company wants to use the Florida Keys as a testing ground for these mutant bugs. Even though the local community in the Florida Keys has spoken -- we even passed an ordinance demanding more testing -- Oxitec is trying to use a loophole by applying to the FDA for an "animal bug" patent. This could mean these mutant mosquitoes could be released at any point against the wishes of locals and the scientific community. We need to make sure the FDA does not approve Oxitec's patent. Nearly all experiments with genetically-modified crops have eventually resulted in unintended consequences: superweeds more resistant to herbicides, mutated and resistant insects also collateral damage to ecosystems. A recent news story reported that the monarch butterfly population is down by half in areas where Roundup Ready GM crops are doused with ultra-high levels of herbicides that wipe out the monarch's favorite milkweed plant. What about our native species of Florida Keys Bats. Are there any studies being conducted to see if these mosquitoes will harm the native bat population? Why would we not expect GM (genetically modified) insects, especially those that bite humans, to have similar unintended negative consequences? Will the more virulent Asian tiger mosquito that also carries dengue fill the void left by reductions in A. aegypti? Will the dengue virus mutate (think antibiotic resistant MRSA) and become even more dangerous? There are more questions than answers and we need more testing to be done. Will the public be able to stop this program from happening if we don't want it? We were told that "public opinion would be taken into account." Dengue fever has been absent from the Florida Keys for years, which indicates the current methods of control and public education are working. What's the rush for this radical approach? Where is the third-party, peer-reviewed research on effectiveness and safety of GM mosquitoes other than Oxitec's own claims of success? Don't let Oxitec bully our community! We say no to genetically modified mosquitoes in the Florida Keys!
Petition to Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Thad Cochran, Patrick Leahy, Roy Blunt, Patty Murray
Save the SHINE program - Keep Federal funding for this vital senior program #SHINEon
Every single day in the United States, 10,000 seniors become eligible for Medicare. Most seniors depend on Medicare for all or part of their health insurance coverage. They choose from a dizzying array of plans with varying costs and coverage levels-- including 20 prescription plans and nearly as many Medicare Advantage plans. Comparing options and choosing the right plan can be difficult, time-consuming, and downright confusing. That's where SHINE comes to the rescue. SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) provides free, unbiased, and personalized assistance to elders as they navigate the medicare maze. Last year in Florida, more than 175,000 seniors took advantage of SHINE to choose the right Medicare plan. Many saved thousands of dollars, thanks to the SHINE program and its volunteers. SHINE isn't only available in Florida. It's a State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), funded by the Federal government. While the programs may have different names, every state has a SHIP program to help its seniors make those difficult Medicare decisions.But Federal lawmakers are threatening to eliminate the funding for all State Health Insurance Assistance Programs like SHINE. What will happen without this vital program? Seniors would have nowhere to turn for unbiased, one-on-one advice. They would lose advocates who help them understand their benefits, assist with claims and appeals, and answer their questions about issues like long-term care. For many of the 10,000 Americans who become eligible for Medicare every day, State Health Insurance Assistance Programs like SHINE are a lifeline to education for one of the most important choices they'll make in their lives. In Southwest Florida, SHINE is overseen by the Area Agency on Aging. We at AAASWFL are urging you, on behalf of the 4 million seniors that live in Florida, to tell our U.S. Senators to vote to continue funding this vital program. If you've personally benefited from SHINE, tell them about your experience. Together, we can all do our part to keep SHINE's light burning bright. #SHINEon
Petition to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Protect the only nearshore coral reef in the continental United States
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning a major dredging project in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to deepen the Port Everglades channel to make way for ever-larger ships due to the expanded Panama Canal. However, the Corps’ initial plan didn’t include necessary protections to save nearby corals. Earthjustice filed litigation, and as a result, the Corps has agreed to conduct new environmental studies and complete new reviews and analysis before starting the dredging project. But, we need your help to ensure the Corps keeps its promises. The Corps is now accepting public comments for the proposed Port Everglades dredging project as part of this revised environmental study. Sign today and urge the Corps to protect Florida’s coral reefs. A similar Army Corps dredging operation at Port Miami proved disastrous for the delicate corals there. Dredging stirred up fine-grained sediment, which smothered tens of thousands of coral colonies and more than 250 acres of reef designated as critical habitat for threatened staghorn corals. The National Marine Fisheries Service later surveyed the wrecked reef and concluded that 95 percent of the reef it assessed is no longer suitable habitat for corals. The service reported that some of the damaged reef may never recover naturally. We cannot let this happen again. The Army Corps must learn from its mistakes and ensure that corals will be protected before further taxpayer dollars are spent on this potentially devastating project. Sign the petition today!
Petition to Florida State House, Florida State Senate, Florida Governor
Repeal the law requiring Florida gambling facilities to offer greyhound racing.
More than half of the greyhound races held in the US are in the state of Florida. Since May 2013, nearly 400 dogs have died at Florida tracks — some had their necks broken, some died of heat stroke, and still others were electrocuted to death. I’ve spent decades working to bring racing dogs back to health after they have been subjected to horrifying treatment like being kept in cramped, solitary cages for twenty or more hours a day, and even being dosed with illegal drugs like cocaine. Here’s the thing: Florida gambling facilities don’t even want to hold greyhound races in the first place — but they’re required to by a state law that mandates dog racing. If this harmful state dog racing mandate is repealed, greyhound racing will slowly phase out and end in the Sunshine State. I’ve spent 20 years working to help injured, worn-out greyhounds rescued from the racing industry. Adoption groups like mine are doing all we can, but there are far more of these amazing animals who need help than we are ever able to bring back to health. Until this law changes, we’re facing an unwinnable battle. Tell the Florida legislature that it’s time to repeal the law that requires gambling facilities to conduct greyhound racing. There is no reason for this animal cruelty to continue, especially when the businesses operating the race tracks don’t want to keep them going in the first place. Greyhound racing hasn’t been profitable in Florida for years. Last year alone, Florida tracks lost $32 million holding greyhound races. Even the state is losing money on dog racing, because the costs of regulating the races exceed revenues. The state dog racing mandate is a loser for everyone. The tracks are losing money, taxpayers are taking a loss, and the greyhounds are losing their lives. Tell the Florida State Legislature to stop keeping greyhound racing alive, and to repeal the law requiring that tens of thousands of greyhound races take place in the state each year.
Petition to Rick Scott
Let's have 2 police officers at each public school
With the recent school shootings, violence, fights and threats, it is time to have a clear presence of police officers at the schools. This petition will help to keep our teachers, children, and community safe by having two police officers during school hours. This will ensure that if any issues or concerns happen at the school, the police officers will be ready to respond. The need for two police officers is important for backup, patrolling the area, and a constant presence to help fight crime. Please sign the petition to make this a new law for each school.
Petition to United States Department of Transportation, Rick Scott, Florida State Senate, Florida State House, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Patrick Murphy, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Alcee Hastings
For Local, Statewide & Nationwide Transportation Depart. To Install Special Needs Signage
Every person No Matter What There Disability Needs Protection. Under Autism Awareness Especially for me, My 3 Yr old Son, #TEAMGRAYSON Plays Everyday In a his Own Yard while Speeders Fly down the roads around our home even though the Speed Limit Is 25 mph. However When I Called the County and The State Transportation Dept there Response was " Sorry we Don't do those TYPES of Signage Only For Blind." My Heart Broke, knowing its only a matter of time that One Child Can Get Hurt or Even Worse Killed By A Speeder Unaware of Their Surroundings, Especially when it is a Child or Adult of Autism and/or Special Needs that is Non Verbal Or Non Understanding Of Verbal Commands. So We Made Our Own and It has Drawn a lot of Attention in our Neighborhood as well. So This made me want to push Forward and give the CHILDREN WITHOUT THE ABILITY TO SPEAK A VOICE! ALSO CHECK OUT OUR FB PAGE GRAYSON'S LAW https://www.facebook.com/Graysons-Law-1554944634536756/
Petition to Randall Stephenson
Ask AT&T to fix its LTE cellular coverage in Kissimmee, FL which has deteriorated
AT&T, we in Kissimmee, FL -- home to Disney World -- love you as much as a cellular phone customer can, but your LTE cellular service really stinks here in our hometown. It has deteriorated these past 3 years. In key places like "The Loop" a local outdoor shopping mall, the 192 corridor near Valencia College on the path to Disney World, and the various neighborhoods and timeshare communities along our toll roads FL417 and Osceola Parkway, we routinely experience dropped calls, slow internet service sub 500 kbps upload/download and "1 bar of service" which isn't really a "1 bar" (more like no bars). Community members have submitted multiple "Mark your Spot" notices in your AT&T mobile app to report this, but there has been no significant improvement to our lot. Some of us went to an AT&T retail store near The Loop and where told by your employees that customers complain all the time, but your company won't listen to us until 300+ customers have complained. We are assembling that list of 300 customers in this petition. Kissimmee, FL is an important economic center in central Florida. Tourists from around the globe travel here daily while visiting our world-class attractions like Disney World. Those tourists stream plenty of data with their photos, videos, GPS, games, and other digital stuff. Kissimmee, FL is also becoming a new home to thousands of Puerto Rican residents each month who are coming to Florida to have a better life with electricity. And who can forget our neighboring communities too -- "Medical City" in Lake Nona is bringing world-class healthcare and medical tourism to our area, and the Orlando / I-Drive corridor basically "pays for" the town -- these areas also have awful AT&T service. Those of us who reside here temporarily often have no other means of connecting to phone and Internet except through our AT&T phones. Those living here permanently need good cellular service to build the mobile apps our guests and neighbors use to order food, book ride attractions, summon Ubers, and run the electronics in our lives. Perhaps it's easy to forget about Kissimmee, FL when planning cellular infrastructure -- after all, most of the users of it probably come from somewhere else, right? Yet, those users are your customers in other parts of the US and Mexico and they expect, as we locals do, to have good cellular service wherever they roam. Yes, we know 5G LTE is on it's way, but we need you to show us you can make 4G LTE work too so that we can have the confidence to invest in your other products -- DirectTV -- and support your efforts politically to acquire entertainment properties like TimeWarner. So please show Kissimmee, FL some love and do what you must to improve our cellular service. We're rooting for you.
Petition to United States Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Rick Scott
Equip ALL car seats with child sensor to prevent hot car deaths!
An average of 37 kids die every year as a result of being left in hot cars. The Hot Cars Act of 2017 will help in the future but we need to put this to a stop now, as many of the vehicles that come equipped with these sensors will not be affordable for many Americans for years to come. I would like to take an additional step by requiring all car seats be equipped with a child sensor as well. Any future manufacture of car seats should include a sensor and sensors should be provided to those who already own car seats at no cost to parents. There is absolutely no need in any child ever dying of such a horrible death again. In addition to this, the parents or caregivers who were responsible often face criminal charges in addition to the lifelong guilt and misery they must endure. Some parents have even committed suicide. No amount of education to the public will help, as most parents think they are not capable of "forgetting" a child. We all know the risks and none of us think we could ever do it. But it happens and it happened to me. Fortunately, my daughter was not left for long and suffered no injuries as a result and was asleep the whole time. I was one of those parents who thought "if you can forget your baby, you don't deserve to have one". I am a registered nurse with no criminal background. I helped raise my nieces when my parents adopted them when I was a teenager and went on to have two daughters of my own. We moved to Florida to give our family a better life one month before that day. I now risk jail time and loosing my nursing license. I think about what happened every day. I have learned that mistakes can and will happen to the best of us. I did not even know car set sensors were available, but had I known, I do not think I would have installed one because I knew I was a good parent and did not think I was capable of making this horrible mistake. So as the summer months are approaching, I urge you to end this needless and tragic loss of life and misery. Cars have a sensor to alert you if you are not buckled, why shouldn't your child's car seat have one to alert you if they are buckled.