Governor DeSantis Signs Gruters’ “Make Polluters Pay” Legislation Holding Sewage Polluters Accountable In Florida!
Every three hours, of every day, of every week, all year long we have a sewage spill somewhere in Florida.
Just a couple of weeks ago there was a million gallons of raw sewage that was spilled into Sarasota Bay. Today, there is a spill on Longboat Key with over a million gallons of raw sewage spilling into the bay.
Enough is enough. It’s time to apply some pressure on those who have dragged their feet on fixing the problem.
That’s why I am excited to share that Governor Ron DeSantis has signed into law legislation I drafted that increases fines for sewage spills by 50%
This bill will not stop the spills on its own, but it will hold polluters accountable, make them pay with their wallets and hopefully deter them from causing future spills.
Florida is not Florida without its abundant natural waterways. Water is at the heart of the state’s terrific quality of life, and water helps make tourism the backbone of our economy.
Given that, it is incumbent on us to aggressively tackle all pollution sources to clean up our environment and preserve our great state through accountability and responsibility.
Simply put – If we can live in a world with self-driving cars and rockets that can land by themselves, we should be able to make sure we don’t dump raw sewage, or what my kids like to call “poo” into our water.
I would like to thank Representative Randy Fine and Governor Ron DeSantis for their commitment to the environment and to water quality in Florida. It took over two years to pass this but it is only the start of our effort to clean up Florida’s waterways.
-State Senator Joe Gruters
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