Protect Our Environment

Amendment 9 Will Protect Our Environment

VOTE YES ON AMENDMENT 9

Florida’s natural environment is second to none. Amendment 9 will help keep it that way.

Vote “YES” on Amendment 9 this November 6th to protect our environment.

No matter where you look in Florida, you’re bound to find something truly amazing about its environment.

Great Blue Heron | Credit: NPS
Great Blue Heron | Credit: NPS

The Indian River Lagoon is one of the few places in America you can experience bioluminescence. Apalachicola Bay has a hugely productive oyster fishery. The Everglades are the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States.

Our beaches rank among the top in the world. Apalachicola Bay has a hugely productive oyster fishery. Charlotte Harbor is the only known pupping grounds for the smalltooth sawfish, St. Augustine is the only known calving grounds of the north Atlantic right whale, and the Gulf is one of only two nurseries worldwide for the severely overfished Atlantic bluefin tuna.

Florida Bay encompasses over 200 mangrove islands and home to the American crocodile, West Indian manatee, loggerhead turtle, bottlenose dolphin, a variety of bird species and gamefish. It is also a nursery for the pink shrimp and Caribbean spiny lobster.

Tampa Bay is Florida's largest open-water estuary, and more than 70 percent of all fish, shellfish, and crustaceans spend some critical stage of their development there. As many as 40,000 pairs of birds - from brown pelicans to roseate spoonbills - nest in Tampa Bay. Sandpipers and white pelicans are seasonal visitors. The bay is also home to dolphins, sea turtles, and manatees.

Coral Reef | Credit: NOAA
Coral Reef | Credit: NOAA

More than 100,000 threatened and endangered sea turtles nest on Florida beaches every summer, comprising nearly 90 percent of all sea turtle nesting in the U.S. The Florida Reef measures 160-miles long, making it one of the world’s largest coral reefs. Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary protects more than 50 species of coral, and is home to more than 500 species of fish and countless other types of marine life.

An estimated 2.7 million acres of seagrass meadows grow along Florida's extensive coastline, protected bays and lagoons. Oil and gas drilling off our coasts puts our environment at risk.

Vote YES on Amendment 9 on November 6th!


Top photo: Everglade reflection: Rick Schwartz [FlickrCC]