City Commissioner District 5
2022 General - Voter Guide Ranking
City Commissioner District 5
2022 Clean Water Questionnaire Responses
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- Question 1 : Yes1) The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is finalizing the new Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM), and while the plan should reduce harmful discharges to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries, discharges will still occur when the level of the lake gets too high. Do you agree the Army Corps and the South Florida Water Management District must send more water south during the dry season in order to minimize the possibility of discharges and their impact on human health and the environment?
- Question 2 : Yes2) Florida is booming, with an estimated 1,000 people moving here every day. As a result, development is pushing growth further into Florida’s rural and natural areas, imperiling wildlife and natural resources like clean water. Will you oppose changes to your county’s Comprehensive Plan/Urban Development Boundary that would allow non-agricultural development in rural areas outside the urban, most densely developed area(s) in your county?
- Question 3 : Yes3) State legislation, FDEP data and the Blue-Green Algae Task Force all report agriculture as the dominant source of phosphorus and nitrogen within most impaired watersheds of Florida. Do you agree industries and property owners should be held to clearly enforceable pollution standards and penalties; including mandatory adoption and verification of best management practices, and to implement inspection programs targeting septic, agriculture and industrial wastewater?
A key goal to sustainability is to control urban sprawl which in turn helps protect the destruction of wildlife in rural areas. Compact urban development with a balanced mixture of residential and commercial development uses less land and maximizes the use of infrastructure for roads, utilities, etc. Effective land use planning strategies will help create a unique sense of community and place without overcrowding.
- Question 4 : Yes4) Key water bodies along the Florida coast, including the Indian River Lagoon and Biscayne Bay, are plagued by excess nutrient pollution which kills seagrass. This in turn has led to increased turbidity and reduced habitat essential for fish, birds, marine mammals, and other marine species. If elected, would you support aggressive measures to address water quality problems, including (but not limited to) a mandatory septic inspection program, increased investment in septic-to-sewer conversions and upgrades to municipal sewage treatment facilities, increased stormwater pollution controls and tougher fertilizer restrictions coupled with strict enforcement?
The City of Stuart has already implemented a citywide mandatory Septic to sewer program and the infrastructure is in place. I support the full implementation of this project for each household and business as the opportunity becomes available. Stuart has also adopted and implemented a Fertilzer Ordinance to restrict the use of fertilizer during the rainy months from June to November.
- Question 5 : Yes5) Special interests in Florida spend lavishly to influence elections at the local, state and federal level. The sugar industry, phosphate mining industry and big utilities, among others, spend millions to aid candidates who then back their preferred legislation - too often, at the expense of clean water. Do you agree your campaign will accept no contributions from any source with ties to polluting industries including, but not limited to, the sugar, phosphate and utility industries?
Sending more water south into the Everglades and other large land areas during the dry season is a viable option and it also helps to balance the ecosystems in these areas by providing water to wading birds and other species who need the water during the dry season.