The Florida legislature kicked off their 2017 session on Tuesday to discuss the state of the State of Florida, approve a budget and make changes to the state constitution. One of the most controversial bills being discussed this year is Senate Bill 10 which is being supported by Senate President Joe Negron to spend over $2.5 billion on a wasteful water retention reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee.
Although Negron can probably persuade many of his fellow senate members to accept SB10, the house of representatives have not embraced it, and now the public is distancing themselves from the proposal. Many of the public relations events hosted around the state to promote the bill have been filled with paid protesters and professional event staff with almost no grass roots ‘real’ supporters.
The general public have been purposefully absent from the events. Tuesdays first day of the Florida legislative session exposed the lack of public support for SB10 during their Stuart ‘Awake The State’ rally where only about 10 people showed up to hold signs and yell at passing vehicles, but the word must have already been out among Florida environmental activists that Senate Bill 10 is a boondoggle.