Water Quality Issues
In response to the massive fish kill in the Indian River Lagoon, the Brevard County Commission met yesterday to review a proposal to declare a state of emergency in the county. Frank Gidus, CCA Florida Director of Habitat and Environmental Restoration attended the meeting to determine where CCA can assist in the process.

The Brevard County commissioners rejected the resolution requesting Governor Rick Scott to declare a state of emergency in the county related to the recent Indian River Lagoon (IRL) fish kill and poor water quality. The commissioners instead passed a resolution (5 to 0) agreeing to send a letter to Rick Scott requesting that the following measures be taken:
  • asking for $200 million for muck dredging projects
  • assistance with streamlining the permitting process for muck removal and other environmental projects related to the IRL
  • waiver of the county's environmental permitting fees related to the IRL
  • the requirement for all septic tanks to be inspected when a house is sold, and
  • changing the existing law on the use of the county's tourist tax so that the county could increase the tax from the current 5 percent to 6 percent and use this money for IRL projects.

A spokesman for the Brevard County Tourist Development Council stated that if tourists hear that there is a state of emergency, they will not come to Brevard County.  Commissioner Andy Anderson stated that the problem is localized and does not affect the entire county.  He believes that declaring a state of emergency would hurt other businesses in the county, including fishing guides in other areas.
 
Although CCA Florida is disappointed with the declaration not being passed, it is clear that the spotlight is on Brevard County and their commissioners moving forward.  CCA will continue to stay involved with this issue and will remain steadfast in our objective to conserve, promote, and enhance the present and future availability of those coastal resources for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public.
 
We also encourage you to contact Governor Rick Scott and the Brevard County Commissioners.
 
Governor:
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Brevard County Commissioners:
 
Robin Fisher, District 1 Commissioner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Jim Barfield, District 2 Commissioner - Chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
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Curt Smith, District 4 Commissioner - Vice Chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Andy Anderson, District 5 Commissioner, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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