Letters to the Editor

Protect Florida’s coastlines from future oil spills. Ban drilling in Gulf of Mexico

In November, 2018, Florida voters said “NO” to offshore drilling. I am pleased that the Florida Coastal Protection Act, HR 286, has been reintroduced. I applaud the bi-partisan support of this legislation by the following Members of Congress who are co-sponsors of this bill: Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., and Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla.

HR 286 would make permanent the current moratorium to protect Florida’s waters up to 235 miles off the Florida coast. Allowing drilling off Florida’s pristine coasts would be a colossal mistake. It would be foolish to invite another potential catastrophic oil spill, causing environmental harm and an economic decline.

I sincerely recommend all newly elected and re-elected legislators to come out as strongly as possible to support HR 286.

Mary Hampton, Sarasota

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