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October 28, 2014, 6:30 p.m., Palma Sola Botanical Park.

You are welcomed to attend to the 2014 Environmental Summit that will feature a candidate debate for the District 6 County Commissioner position between incumbent commissioner Carol Whitmore and her challenger Terri Wonder. The candidates will respond to questions on environmental and growth management issues posed by MF&G.

The Summit will also feature a discussion of the Water and Land Conservation Initiative, Constitutional Amendment 1 on the November 4 ballot, which if passed will dedicate 33 percent of net revenues from the excise tax on documents to the Land Acquisition Trust Fund. Christine Johnson, President of the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, will speak in favor of the initiative. Dr. Frank Alcock, Associate Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies at New College of Florida, will play a devil’s advocate role posing arguments contrary to the amendment.

Please join us. The Annual Conservation-Environmental Summit is co-sponsored by Manatee Fish and Game Association, Inc. and Manatee/Sarasota Sierra Club. This has been an annual event since 1994.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Palma Sola Botanical Park, organizations will provide the meat, drinks and tableware. Please bring a side dish to share. Feel free to bring your own reusable plate, cup and silverware as a way to conserve.

Please make your reservations by calling (941) 792-8314 by October 20th

To get to the Palma Sola Botanical Park, travel west on SR 64 or Manatee Avenue. Turn right, traveling north on 75thNW and turn left. Travel west on 17th Avenue NW intersects with 98th Avenue North West, Bradenton, with a potluck supper. The host Street. Continue to 17th Avenue NW to the end, where 17th Street N. W.

WARNING: Long Bar Pointe development will damage your bay.

Long Bar Pointe is a proposed development in Manatee County that could severely damage fish nurseries and bird nesting sites in north Sarasota Bay. If you have ever enjoyed fishing, boating or nature-sightseeing on Sarasota Bay, watch this video and contact the Manatee County commissioners (http://www.mymanatee.org/home/government/board-of-commissioners/E-mail.html) to tell them you oppose this over-the-top development. Sarasota County residents, this is your bay and your battle, too. Watch to see what we could lose if it is approved.

Learn the details in this short video:

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General Meetings

Our General Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, 7 p.m. at the Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota (more info)

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Florida Phosphate Mining

See the real face of Phosphate mining and get an idea of what the potential really is.

Read the full brochure:

Watch the short film here or on YouTube

We represent Manatee and Sarasota Counties on the Florida Gulf Coast.  We are dedicated to enjoying our environment and preserving it for future generations.

Sarasota-Manatee Sierra Club