Southeast Volusia Audubon Society, P.O. Box 46, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170;

November 2016 Prez Sez

Vote NO! on Amendment 1

Hello again.  I trust you had a good summer and are ready for the migration season and the return of meetings and programs with SEVAS. 

We did not have a meeting in October as we customarily do because much of our membership resides up North in the summer and does not return until the end of October. 

But now we are back in full swing.

I want to get this newsletter out in time for voting because there is a very important issue on the ballot.  That is Amendment 1.  No, this is not the same Amendment 1 that voters overwhelmingly approved a year or so ago.  Rather, it is a deceitful attempt to deceive the Florida public into thinking it would be good for solar energy and consumers but it is not. 

Unlike Amendment 4 that passed in the August primaries, this amendment was written and lobbied for by the power companies and other interests who want to make it harder for Floridians to have solar installations or for citizens and small businesses to install and/or lease solar installations. 

An article in the News-Journal on Wednesday, Sept 14th entitled “Opponents gear up to Battle Florida’s Solar Amendment” by Jim Turner News details the funding behind this amendment:

“Consumers for Smart Solar had raised $18.8 million as of Aug. 26 and had spent $15.8 million, according to the state Division of Elections website. Among its contributors, Duke Energy had put up $5.44 million, Florida Power & Light had contributed $4.6 million, Tampa Electric Co. had provided $2.56 million, and Gulf Power had added $1.8 million.”

That level of funding and spending by those who have a vested interest in keeping their monopolies on power generation should be a warning.

The message is clear: VOTE NO ON AMENDMENT 1.

Happy birding,