FPL Fears Democracy More Than Solar Energy Competition

Those who are tasked with upholding the monopoly status of FPL have devised an ingenious strategy to derail a popular ballot initiative by Floridians for Solar Choice to expand solar in the state of Florida that has been gaining traction. They have created a group called Consumers for Smart Solar that is confusing voters by introducing its own watered-down petition.

What does their petition advocate? For the Florida constitution to give Floridians the right to own solar panels. That sounds awesome at first, except for one thing: we already have that right. That’s it. Signing this petition would reiterate a right citizens already have and would win nothing for climate action advocates, liberty-minded voters, or taxpayers.


FPL generates most of its power from natural gas (68%), followed by nuclear power (23%). Solar makes up less than 1/10th of 1%.

Why is this petition being circulated? Simple. It is an attempt to derail the honest efforts of Floridians for Solar Choice which seeks to allow homeowners and businesses to sell power they generate (up to) to each other. By creating confusion and presenting a false alternative, FPL hopes to split the votes of Floridians committed to clean and dependable energy sources. At the same time, this tactic makes the job of volunteer canvassers even harder. On many occasions, canvassers will start their pitch by asking a prospective supporter if they have “already signed the solar petition?” This bogus petition will deceive voters into thinking that they have already signed the legitimate petition. These are classic astroturfing tactics; the sole purpose is to deceive the Floridian electorate.
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Salon Series at Elwoods – Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns


Join us at our next Salon Series at Elwoods Pub for a presentation on street design!

What makes a town or city great? There are many opinions, but one of the key components is street design. Urban planning plays a key role in making neighborhoods inviting, prosperous, and healthy.

Victor Dover, FAICP, is co-founder of Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning based in Coral Gables, Florida, a design practice focused on restoring healthy neighborhoods as the basis for sound communities and regions. Dover is also the lead designer of more than 150 neighborhoods, urban revitalization programs, and regional plans across the United States and abroad.

He’ll be at Elwoods Pub to discuss street design in Miami-Dade County and beyond.

This event is free and open to the public.
Networking: 6pm; salon begins at 6:30pm
Happy hour specials all night

RSVP: http://on.fb.me/1Q2x0Ak

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New Marine Reserve at Biscayne National Park Threatened

Elkhorn Reef, Biscayne National Park NPS Photo by John Brooks

Elkhorn Reef, Biscayne National Park
NPS Photo by John Brooks

Following 15 years of scientific research and overwhelming public support 6% of Biscayne National Park was set aside in June to create a Marine Reserve to protect the park’s ailing coral reefs and help restore fish populations.

Biscayne Bay once flourished with native species such as gray snapper and black grouper. Now, these species are rarely seen and typically undersized when spotted. Marine reserves create better fishing opportunities when increased numbers of fish in the reserve “spill over into areas outside the reserve and will allow for protection of the coral reef ecosystems .

It’s worked before. An example of a successful  marine reserve in South Florida is Dry Tortugas National Park,  supported by the state of Florida and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Only 5 years after its inception, the National Park has seen significant increases in the size and population of once overfished fish specie.

The sliver of Biscayne National Park set-aside for a Reserve was created in part, due to 90% positive public comments, still allows  visitors to enjoy the Park —  dive, snorkel, swim and boat — as you always have in our country’s largest Marine National Park.marine_reserve

Members of Congress want to scuttle the Marine Reserve merely 2 months after it was created. Their logic; is that the Marine Reserve curtails public access to all of Biscayne National Park and causes strain to Businesses, which is untrue- Fishing, bait & tackle and other businesses can still thrive on the 94% of the park open to fishing.

What You Can Do:

  1. Address comments in support of the Marine Reserve to: The House Committee on Natural  Resources and The House Committee on Small Business joint Oversight Committee.

    a) Email Title: “Restricted Access at  Biscayne National Park and Implications for Fishermen, Small Businesses, the local Economy and Environment”.
    b) Email comments to Caroline Mclaughlin @ cmlaughlin@npca.org & cc Michelle Metcalf @ biscayne@tropicalaudubon.org
    c) Deadline: August 14, 2015 at 5pm

  2. Contact Your Representatives:

    (these are the elected officials calling the Reserve into question)
    Ros-Lehtinen: joshua.salpeter@mail.house.gov, adam.wolf@mail.house.gov, 202-225-3931
    Curbelo: adam.wolf@mail.house.gov, hector.arguello@mail.house.gov, 202-225-2778
    Diaz-Balart: chris.sweet@mail.house.gov, 202-225-4211

  3. Get social and ask your friends to do the same #MoreFishInFL
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Emerge Critical Mass: Special Epic Chalk-Tacular Ride!

We’ve got an epic bike ride and event planned for you, alongside our friends from a bunch of local organizations! Join everyone on a ride from Allapattah Station to Downtown’s #DanPaulPark as we all work together to try and make one of the largest chalk art installments in the history of ever!
Our ride will take you through all sorts of neighborhoods, as we work our way to the AAA for a 1:00 PM art project unlike any imaginable!

This may be a long day by bike, so bring plenty of water and wear plenty of sunscreen. We will have a ride leader take a group back to Allapattah in the afternoon, but riders interested in participating in the chalking and other events all afternoon are welcome to stay and celebrate!

RSVP on Facebook and on Meetup.

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Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at Emerge Miami’s 6th Annual Sweet Treats Ride

Emerge Miami's 6th Annual Sweet Treats Ride
What’s on your hit list this summer?

Tell us, would you:
(a) bicycle with friends
(b) explore Miami’s streets
(c) be a locavore by supporting local businesses
(d) all of the above

D!? Well you’re in luck, join us for encounters of the sugary kind this Saturday, July 11th as we scope out some of Miami’s best bakeries and ice creameries. Bring your bike, a friend, and some cash for the 6th Annual Sweet Treats Ride as we stop at Bunnie Cakes, Fireman Derek’s Key Lime Pies, Lulu’s Ice Cream and Colony1. Please note that most of our stops offer vegan and gluten-free options.

Saturday, July 11
Government Center Metro-rail Station, 101 NW First Street
10:00 a.m.

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Turnip the Beet at Colony1’s Monthly Market Festivals

Turnip the Beet Festival
July 11th will not be just any ordinary Saturday. All day, Colony1 Wynwood will Turnip the Beet with a community festival and local, handmade market. Come out and meet Miami’s most comprehensive sustainable living education hub: Colony1!

Colony1 is presenting monthly festivals – Turnip the Beet – every second Saturday to bring the citizens of Miami and South Florida together in the name of all things sustainability. The festivals will offe grassroots-style education from the community, by the community. Colony1 is 100% volunteer driven, and the interactive workshops are presented by people who want to share their knowledge and increase the presence of a socially responsible, regenerative, and holistic lifestyle. Colony1 and the monthly festivals are about the people, the land we live with, and the community we collectively create.

The parent non-profit organization, Art of Cultural Evolution, has received a few grants from various organizations, and the organization has been granted the Colony1 site in the heart of Wynwood thanks to a land grant from Miami-Dade County. County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson of District 3 is the sponsor of the land grant. This 50-year grant is contingent upon there being a building constructed on the site within 3 years. It is really important for this project to succeed, and it will because individuals are waking up to the fact that humanity’s modus operandi is destroying the Earth, and creating disharmony in societal infrastructure. The masses are hungry for changes that bring the mass consciousness from a self-centered mentality to community mentality. To achieve this, we must begin teaching each other and supporting each other from the ground up. For this reason, education is at the forefront of the Turnip the Beet market festivals.
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Clean-Up and Rally at Arson Sites of Globally Imperiled Richmond Pine Rocklands

Dozens of volunteers from a coalition of South Florida Environmental Groups will be working to Clean-Up and Preserve the Biggest Pine Rocklands Habitat outside of Everglades National Park Saturday June 27th.

The focus of the Rally will be Miami-Dade’s “Larry & Penny Thompson Park” which is the target of arsonists’ attacks the past several months which have burned out dozens of acres of Pine Rocklands. They’ve also exposed years’ of garbage illegally dumped there.The Richmond Pine Rocklands are a globally imperiled habitat home to dozens of Federally Protected plants and animals.  Much of it is now designated Critically Endangered Habitat under the U-S Endangered Species Act. It’s also home to Zoo Miami, the Gold Coast Railway Museum, Robert W Morgan Technical Institute and numerous Federal and Dept. of Defense Agencies including the U-S Coast Guard, Bureau of Prisons and U-S Army.

Recently, out of town developers have proposed more than $1-Billion Dollars worth of development including a “Miami Wilds Theme Park” and “Coral Reef Commons” Commercial/Residential Project. The Miami Pine Rocklands Coalition strongly opposes any development there and believes this “LifeBoat” tract needs to be preserved and restored to give all of its’ endangered plants and animals a natural habitat to prevent their extinction.
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