“Voting Water” Still Matters in 2020

We are who we are because of you. Over the past 6 years, Bullsugar has relied on an army of grassroots support, in Florida and across the country, to fight the state’s most pressing water issues. We’ve asked you to show up at legislative hearings, at Army Corps and Water Management District meetings, at local government events, and at community gatherings to tell your stories and ask hard questions. You never let us down.

The coronavirus has changed the way business functions. In order to prioritize as much attention and support as possible to the projects central to our mission, we will be making some changes in the coming weeks. The most visible change will be the frequency of this newsletter, which will shift from weekly to once a month.

That doesn’t mean that we’re going away. Our board members and volunteers are still here–scattered across various remote locations–dedicated to the cause and working to create positive change in Florida’s fight for clean water.

Despite every distraction, the 2020 election season is here. In 2018, support for clean water spilled over into the voting booths, forcing elected officials to confront the sugarcane industry’s impact on Florida water policy and to fight back against the status quo. We remain determined to help Florida voters do it again.

Bullsugar board member and publisher of Florida Sportsman Magazine, Blair Wickstrom, has stepped up to manage this year’s “Vote Water” campaign. With everything else going on, we know that it will be hard for many of you to focus on these issues, so we’re doing our best to take one worry off your list.

Regarding its importance, Blair said it best: “We need a resource to help people know which candidates will provide the political will to finally put us on a path of Everglades restoration while saving three vital estuaries. The clean water voter guides will be that source for the lower third of the state for the 2020 election cycle.”

“The lack of real water legislation is a political problem, the lack of proper testing in algae blooms is a political problem, the lack of meaningful discussions on where and how the best water storage and treatment should be concerning Everglades restoration is a political problem. Until we get the political will from elected officials to address these issues head-on we will continue to kick the can down the road.”
“The answer is simple. If a current elected official, whether at the county, state or federal level doesn’t show the political will to solve this problem, we subtract them from office by adding someone who does show the political will. It’s that basic. Get rid of the stale old arguments that more studies are needed. Enough with the delays. You’re either in or you’re out.”
Together, we can hold elected officials accountable for safeguarding our most precious resource for future generations. If you can, please click here to help us fund this year’s clean water voter guides and help Florida “Vote Water” this election season.