Yesterday, December 5, 2023, the Florida campaign for Right to Clean Water announced a temporary setback won’t stop RTCW:
Apparently, the many obstacles put into place against grassroots citizen initiatives have proven successful for the Florida Legislature this time. Despite over 100 active volunteers working toward this common need, we fell short of the number of signed petitions we needed to qualify for the 2024 ballot.
What we WERE able to achieve, by all accounts and professional assessments, is pretty amazing:
Over 100,000 petitions signed, statewide awareness, cross-partisan support, tourism and business support, support from fishing and faith communities, etc.
All thanks to you and your help in spreading the word and sharing the call to action. We are grateful. Especially for all our ambassadors and supporting organizations who have spent so many hours out there, in the Florida heat, not just collecting signatures, but SPREADING THE WORD that there’s finally a solution to our state’s systemic problems in water protection.
Press Release Campaign update:
We have temporarily halted actively collecting petitions and are in the process of ensuring every single signed form is properly processed to the correct county Supervisor of Elections for final validation, by December 31st.
During this time, we ask anyone with signed petitions to please go ahead and send them in, and hope everyone will continue to help spreading the word among friends, colleagues, and family at upcoming get-togethers.
If you have signed petitions to turn in, please either mail them to 13300 S. Cleveland Ave, Suite 56, Fort Myers, FL 33907, or contact your regional coordinator immediately.
Major changes to expect:
While we did our best last time to identify and recruit professional fundraisers and others with campaign experience to the team, it seems that the success of our grassroots efforts has started to attract such folks this round.
With details of our 2026 Campaign Plan to be announced on January 25th, you can expect that we’ll have:
- Highly experienced professionals honing campaign strategies and operations;
- A fundraising effort to ensure the greatest yield of signed petitions, on time;
- and Greater in-person / local support to volunteer organizers, statewide.
Hitting the ground running:
Follow this link for the rest.
Suwannee Riverkeeper and WWALS have supported Right to Clean Water in Florida and Georgia since the beginning of this movement, and we continue to do so.
-jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®