County Commissioner District 4 - REP
2022 General - Voter Guide Ranking
County Commissioner District 4 - REP
2022 Clean Water Questionnaire Responses
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- Question 1 : Yes1) The Piney Point disaster spotlighted the problems inherent to Florida's phosphate mining industry, even as that industry seeks to expand. In 2018 the DeSoto County Commission rejected an application from The Mosaic Company to rezone 14,000 acres from agricultural to mining. However, the state has required the Commission to readdress the issue in 2023. If elected, would you support DeSoto County Commissioners and oppose ANY further expansion of phosphate mining in Florida?
- Question 2 : No2) New scientific research directly links human activity to harmful algal blooms, with researchers reporting that nitrogen flowing from the Caloosahatchee River, Lake Okeechobee and areas upstream of the lake contributed to red tide in Charlotte Harbor, the Caloosahatchee Estuary, and presumably beyond, between 2012 and 2021. If elected, would you support aggressive local measures to address this, such as a moratorium on new septic systems, establishment of a stormwater system inspection and monitoring program and acquisition of additional land for water storage and treatment?
I agree that we need to do better but need more information to answer this question.
- Question 3 : No3) 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?
I agree that we need to do better but I need more information to answer this question.
- Question 4 : No2) 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?
My county has an Urban Service Area and our comp plan and land development code allows for residential development outside the U.S.A. The density is suppose to be lower outside U.S.A. along with some extra layers of protection. One problem is the rezoning process, developers us loopholes and sometimes straight out lies to increase the density and receive variances for their rezonings. outside the U.S.A. This has resulted in some awful urban sprawl, which cost us all. I was a big part of getting a 2 year long moratorium in South Hillsborough County on all rezoning request. It was lifted in December 2021.
- 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?
Mosaic owns a large amount of land in my district so I would sit down with them but I can say 100% that I will not take any campaign donations from them, ever.