PRESS RELEASES & RESOLUTIONS
SANTA ROSA COUNTY DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE RESOLUTION OPPOSING THE SABAL TRAIL PIPELINE
WHEREAS the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), in response to Dockets No. CP14-554-000, CP15-16-000 and CP15-17-000, grants Florida Southeast Connection, LLC, Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC, and Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC, the rights to build a natural gas pipeline through Alabama, Georgia, and twelve (12) counties in the state of Florida;
WHEREAS land has been seized from Floridians by eminent domain to make way for Sabal Trail construction, forcing landowners and homeowners to relinquish their lands, and the rights to those lands, or face being sued for their own rights, in Federal Court;
WHEREAS the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) originally offered significant objections to Sabal Trail construction and expressed significant concerns to the FERC that construction would threaten Florida’s wetlands, conservation lands and the Floridan Aquifer, before the regulatory body made an abrupt unexplained about-face on the matter;
WHEREAS building a five hundred and sixteen mile, three-foot-wide pipeline, carrying up to one billion cubic feet per day of natural gas, would create a health hazard to residents and wildlife of all counties, as the proposed pipeline runs near schools and through residential areas, the Suwanee River, the Green Swamp, and the Floridan Aquifer, which provides drinking water to millions of Floridians;
WHEREAS Native Americans along the path of the Sabal Trail are reporting destruction of burial sites and its construction may disproportionately impact poor and minority communities;
WHEREAS construction of Sabal Trail greatly increases the risk of sinkholes which could potentially cause injury or death to residents, and furthermore, burden taxpayers with the cost of additional repairs to already crumbling infrastructure;
WHEREAS, according to Florida Power and Light (FPL)’s own 10-year site plan, published in April 2016, “
WHEREAS Martin County Fire Department reported that a possible blast radius involving rail transport of LNG imported via Sabal Trail could impact 1,200 residents and exceed local response capabilities, and a 2014 explosion at a Washington LNG facility reports
WHEREAS, report by environmentalist Bill McKibben in The Nation
WHEREAS it's becoming clear that green jobs offer significantly greater opportunity than continued investments in fossil fuel infrastructure, that last year the number of jobs in the US solar industry grew by 25%, and that solar is now becoming cost competitive with natural gas.
WHEREAS we have the capacity to ensure the safety of our citizens and our environment and to end our sad legacy of dependence on environmentally destructive fossil fuels; there is clear hypocrisy in supporting a fracking ban in our own state while building a pipeline to carry fracked gas from the
backyards of our fellow Americans to Florida;
FPL does not project a significant long-term additional resource need until the years 2024 and 2025,” indicating that Sabal Trail construction is not immediately needed to support the needs of Floridians, and leaving the next decade to convert our infrastructure to cleaner alternative energy sources; liquified natural gas (LNG) export facilities are currently planned along Florida’s coastline, and experimental LNG transport by rail is planned across Florida, creating increased likelihood of LNG-related accidents and fatalities across Florida where local emergency response teams are likely unprepared to respond to accidents; hundreds to evacuate, required 100+ emergency responders, and leaked over 14 million cubic feet of gas sickening residents and injured 5 workers, forced responders;
WHEREAS the health impacts of natural gas exposure are not fully understood, and Dr. Jeffrey Nordella
abnormal pulmonary function, low red blood cell counts, and anemia in patients he’s followed since California’s 2015-16 Aliso Canyon natural gas leak, a leak which has been estimated to have had a larger carbon footprint than the Deepwater Horizon leak in the Gulf of Mexico; according to an infrastructure has been bleeding methane into the atmosphere in record quantities” and that “this unburned methane is much, much more a 2016 Harvard study “suggests that our new natural-gas efficient at trapping heat than carbon dioxide and...[is] driving the great warming of the planet;”
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:
The membership of the Santa Rosa County Democratic Executive Committee (DEC) opposes the construction and completion of the Sabal Trail Pipeline, on behalf of the safety and welfare of all Floridians.
In an effort to defund Sabal Trail, LLC, and thus prevent financing of the project, the Santa Rosa DEC and its membership will avoid doing business with companies and/or banks who in turn do business with Sabal Trail, LLC, and its previously named affiliates, including, but not limited to Wells Fargo, TD Bank, ING Bank, SunTrust, Bank of America, and CitiBank.
The Santa Rosa DEC asks that all elected public officials take an official stance, both vocally, in public, and in writing, via press release, opposing the Sabal Trail pipeline, and that public officials also pledge to not accept corporate donations, be they monetary or otherwise, of any amount, from Sabal Trail, LLC, or any of its parent companies, which include but are not limited to Florida Power and Light, NextEra, Duke Energy, and Spectra Energy.
The Santa Rosa DEC further asks all elected officials in Santa Rosa County to oppose the Sabal Trail Pipeline by proposing and enacting an official resolution to that effect, for the safety and welfare of the citizens of our state.
APPROVED THIS 16th DAY OF MARCH BY VOTE OF THE SANTA ROSA COUNTY DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.
July 26, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
SANTA ROSA DEMOCRAT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CALLS FOR DENOUNCEMENT OF DONALD TRUMP’S REINSTATEMENT OF A BAN AGAINST TRANSGENDER INDIVIDUALS IN THE MILITARY
The Santa Rosa Democratic Executive Committee calls for a full denouncement of Donald Trump's reinstatement of a ban against transgender individuals in the military.
Sarah Coutu, Chair of the Santa Rosa Democratic Executive Committee, released the following statement:
Milton, FL - The Santa Rosa Democratic Executive Committee calls for republican, democrat, and independent leaders and legislation to stand firm against the ban on transgender individuals in the military. We implore you to speak out against Trump on his discrimination. These brave individuals deserve the same respect and rights as every other individual who volunteers to join the military. Stand up for the 7,000 transgender members of the US Military and the over 130,000 transgender veterans. Trans-gendered people have always served. Their past and continued sacrifices will continue to be honored.
The military today is a full voluntary force. A man who refused to serve in the military a single day in his life is now turning away volunteers and is doing a huge DISSERVICE to those proudly serving now.
The President of the United States should have the upmost respect for ALL members of the military and all veterans. They should be honored for their service to our country. Each and every one of us must stand with the transgender community and speak out against this ban and against Trump's hate and bigotry.
This commander in chief HAS NO IDEA OF WHAT SACRIFICE IS OR WHAT IT MEANS TO SERVE. He lacks human decency and empathy and does not possess what his leadership role requires. A president is elected to represent all of the people of their nation in a fair and equal manner. Republicans especially need to admit this decision is completely unacceptable and they need to speak out against his behavior once and for all. Which group of people will Trump strip the rights from to finally get your attention?
The Santa Rosa Democratic Executive Committee is an official charter of the Florida Democratic Party.
Resolution Local Democratic Executive Committee, County of Santa Rosa, Florida
Opposition of any effort to remove ownership of Public Land (Beaches) from the Public
WHEREAS, in 1947 by an act of Congress, Escambia County, Florida became owners of (SRI) Santa Rosa Island (which includes Pensacola Beach and Navarre)
WHEREAS, that deed to Escambia County restricted use to only “public interest” allowing for leases but no conveyances; and
WHEREAS, Public land owned by the public is now under threat of being sold to private developers; and
WHEREAS, 300,000 plus citizens of Escambia County (rightful legal owners) are unaware that their elected officials are trying to take away their ownership of SRI/Pensacola Beach and Navarre; and
WHEREAS, the original deed was explicit – “No Conveyances” and leases were to be limited to the "public’s interest”; and
WHEREAS, The loss of ownership by Escambia County in the amount of millions of dollars in public land and the risk of extreme environmental harm that has been well documented for years is not in the “public’s interest”; and
WHEREAS, The Senate, Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hear S. B. 1073, the Escambia County Land Conveyance Act, in the coming weeks. Rep. Matt Gaetz authored H. B. 2370, Escambia County Land Conveyance Act, that has already passed the full House of Representatives; and
WHEREAS, We demand proper notice and public hearings for the owners/Escambia County Citizens before even considering this federal legislation bill go any further, as there has been none; and
WHEREAS, If this bill passes, the negative impact for all of Florida and the United States will be established as a precedent wrongly allowing Public Land to be taken from the public; then
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the members of the Santa Rosa County Democratic Executive Committee stand in opposition of public land ownership being given away or sold. (SRI, Pensacola Beach, Navarre) to include S. B. 1073; and
THEREFORE, BE IT FUTHER RESOLVED we support both our U.S. Senators in rejecting any effort to pass SB 1073 out of committee or the Senate as a whole. We also support any and all policy makers in opposing any effort to change current ownership from SRI property, as established in the 1947 deed, away from Escambia County now or in the future.
Submitted by Sarah Coutu, Chair of the Santa Rosa County Democratic Executive Committee on behalf of the members of the Santa Rosa County Democratic Executive Committee
Santa Rosa County Democratic Party passes resolution in support of allowing non-party affiliated, registered voters to participate in Democratic Party primaries
POSTED BY SANTA ROSA COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY | JUNE 18, 2019
RESOLUTION OF THE SANTA ROSA COUNTY DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE TO MAXIMIZE VOTER PARTICIPATION AND PARTY GROWTH BY CHANGING THE RULE FOR ELIGIBILITY TO VOTE IN THE PARTY PRIMARIES
WHEREAS, the Unity Reform Commission of the Democratic National Committee (“DNC”) including Chairman Tom Perez and the Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton campaigns, issued its report stating that “it is critical that all eligible persons participate in the electoral process, including the Democratic presidential nominating process”, and that “the party process be improved to ensure maximum participation and Party growth”, and
WHEREAS, the Commission strongly praised the 30 jurisdictions which allowed non- party affiliated, registered voters to participate in Democratic Party primaries, and strongly “favor(ed) same-day and automatic voter registration, which includes same-day party switching”, and
WHEREAS, the Commission recommended that the DNC and the Party at all levels SHALL (emphasis added) use all means necessary such as encouraging states to pursue litigation, legislation, and “changing Party rules” to ensure that the above goals be achieved, and
WHEREAS, the Democratic Party stands for inclusion, participation, diversity and progress to the extent that the electoral selection process should fully reflect those values, and
WHEREAS, there are nearly 3.6 million non-party affiliated, registered voters in Florida where 27% of the total registered are not eligible to participate in the Democratic Primary, and the average primary turnout of about 23% is one of the lowest in the country. Demographic studies of this non-party affiliated, registered group of voters show them to be disproportionately composed of the young, students, people of color, and the newly-registered. Many other state Democratic Parties, including California, have opened up their primaries to non-party affiliated, registered voters which now comprises 40+% of the plurality of voters in the nation, and
WHEREAS 73% of Florida Democratic Party members polled support (*1) open primaries, and Florida’s non-party affiliated, registered voters were a key determinant in the past three presidential elections. The Party should be sending a clear message that it values their participation, and
WHEREAS, The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled (*2) that political parties have an absolute First Amendment right to decide who can and can’t participate in their primary election, including non-party affiliated, registered voters, and that assertion does not require new legislation to be authorized.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, THAT THE SANTA ROSA COUNTY DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE HEREBY AGREES THAT THE FLORIDA DEMOCRATIC PARTY SHOULD CHANGE ITS RULES TO ALLOW ALL NON-PARTY AFFILIATED, REGISTERED VOTERS TO VOTE IN THE DEMOCRATC PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES NOW SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 17th, 2020, THE DEMOCRATIC STATE PRIMARY FOR STATEWIDE OFFICES NOW SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 25th, 2020, AND ALL SUBSEQUENT PRIMARIES.