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Southeast Florida Counties Call for Action on Oil Disaster

We have all come to realize that unless we take action on a local, state and federal level, the possibility of another Deepwater Horizon rig accident happening is all too possible. The Broward League of Cities recently passed a resolution opposing offshore oil drilling along with several local cities that have already done the same.

Elected officials from the four Southeast Counties participating in the Regional Climate Change Compact will convene at John U. Lloyd State Park on Thursday, June 24th at 12 pm to call for major changes to the nation’s energy policy and firm environmental policies at state and federal levels to protect Florida’s waters from oil drilling activities.

This joining of forces in a call for action coincides with White House plans to convene a bipartisan group of U. S. Senate energy leaders to craft a clean energy bill in response to the Gulf oil disaster.

Leaders from Broward, Palm Beach, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties will address efforts to develop comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation while calling for state and federal leaders to:

1) Provide permanent protection of Florida’s waters from oil drilling and exploration activities;

2) Adopt meaningful national energy policy designed to substantially reduce our nation’s overall reliance on domestic and non-domestic oil sources; and

3) Lead the transition to a clean energy economy.

George Nugent, Monroe County, Kristen Jacobs, Broward County, Katy Sorenson, Miami-Dade and Shelly Vana, Palm Beach County, finished signing the resolution to work together on combatting climate change.

Broward Commissioner Kristin Jacobs, Palm Beach Commissioner Shelley Vana, Miami-Dade Commissioner Katy Sorenson and Monroe Commissioner George Neugent will represent the four Compact Counties. Municipal leaders throughout the four county area are also being invited to participate.

At the event, the Compact Counties will announce a joint Sign On Letter agreed upon by the four counties that will be sent to the Obama Administration, Florida’s Congressional Delegation and Florida State Legislators urging federal and state action to move clean energy legislation forward and to protect Florida’s waters.

For more information please call Kimberly Maroe, Public Information Manager, Broward County Commission at (

For directions:

These are directions to John U. Lloyd Beach State Park (John U. Lloyd State Park, 6503 N. Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, Florida) from downtown Fort Lauderdale. The news conference will be held at the Jetty Pavilion inside the park.

About Valerie J. Amor:
As an architectural consultant, LEED AP, LEED certification reviewer, real estate broker and AIA associate, Valerie J. Amor is dynamically engaged in sustainability and issues regarding the built environment. Actively participating in several local, county and national organizations and committees focused on sustainability issues, she is also owner/principal of Drawing Conclusions and founder/president of Green Collar Connection, companies engaged in sustainable design, real estate development, green job training and research. Knowledgeable and well connected she brings you timely and thoughtful articles. Reach her at .

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Posted by Valerie J. Amor on Jun 24 2010. Filed under Broward County, Emerging Green, Environmental, Fort Lauderdale, Local news, Miami, Palm Beach. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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