We want the public to have the chance to vote on near-shore oil drilling and to ban the possibility of this destructive practice. Our state relies on clean beaches for our economic and environmental well-being. Oil drilling in our state marine waters, which extend approximately three miles into the Atlantic Ocean and 10 miles into the Gulf of Mexico, is simply too great a risk to take. Unfortunately, some of our elected leaders disagree, and as recently as the 2009 Legislative Session, voted to end the present statutory drilling ban.
Floridians asked the Legislature, at the Special Session held in July 2010, to place the issue before the voters. Unfortunately, the Legislature did not agree to allow Floridians to vote to amend the State Constitution in the November 2010 general election.
In light of the inaction of the Legislature, and to forestall any future attempt to allow near-shore oil drilling, we have created Save our Seas, Beaches and Shores, Inc. (SOSBS) to coordinate a citizens’ petition drive to place the ban on the November 2012 ballot. This will not be easy. We will need approximately 700,000 verified petitions. This effort will take all of us! Please feel free to make copies and share with others.
***ONLY REGISTERED FLORIDA VOTERS MAY SIGN THE PETITION***
MAKE NO CHANGES TO OR OTHERWISE ALTER THE PETITION. MAKE NO MARKS ON THE
PETITION EXCEPT TO FILL OUT YOUR INFORMATION, AND SIGN AND DATE IT.
PLEASE REVIEW THE PETITION AFTER IT HAS PRINTED TO BE CERTAIN THAT NO EXTRANEOUS TEXT APPEARS ON THE FORM (SUCH AS A WEBSITE
ADDRESS, ETC.) AND TO BE CERTAIN THAT THE TEXT HAS NOT BEEN REFORMATTED. PETITIONS WITH NON-APPROVED TEXT AND/OR REFORMATTED TEXT
WILL BE INVALIDATED BY THE SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS, AND THE PETITION WILL NOT BE COUNTED.
THE PETITION MUST BE AN ORIGINAL, HAVE THE ORIGINAL SIGNATURE AND BE FILLED OUT COMPLETELY –VOTER ID NUMBER IS PREFERRED, BUT DATE OF BIRTH WILL BE SUFFICIENT.
STUDENTS OR OTHERS AWAY FROM THE COUNTY WHERE THEY REGISTERED TO VOTE MUST PUT THE ADDRESS OF THE COUNTY IN WHICH THEY ARE REGISTERED AND THAT COUNTY’S NAME.
MAIL ORIGINAL PETITIONS TO:
SAVE OUR SEAS, PO BOX 6686, TALLAHASSEE, FL 32314
**The PDF version of this petition is the only valid format. Any petitions with altered formatting or text
will be invalidated.**