Sunday, January 25, 2015

Marine Resources Council's LagoonFest 2015


Be a VIP at the biggest party with a purpose ever launched for the Indian River Lagoon!

All contributions are tax deductible!

Dance, Dine, and Save the IRL! Serving up barbecue, beverages, and a stellar music line-up at the Ted Moorhead Lagoon House in Palm Bay!  Bill Wharton, the world-famous Sauce Boss, will be playing steel guitar while mixing up a big batch of gumbo on stage.  The positive vibrations of Pato Banton and many other bands will keep everyone dancing into the night!  Sign-up now!
VIPS get access to the VIP lounge with private bar and amenities

Bands who will be Rockin’ the Riverside…
Pato Banton & The Now Generations
Kyle Cook from Matchbox 20
Austin Jenckes from NBC’s the Voice
Bill (The Sauce Boss) Wharton
Josh Miller
Inna Sense
Lights out Project
Coastal Breed
and more!

Party with a Purpose! Our Goal is to raise $75,000 to start the “State of Indian River Lagoon” Report Card that will update our community on key measures of lagoon health. During the Lagoon Action Assembly that Marine Resources Council coordinated in May, nearly 100 community leaders agreed that a report similar to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Report Card would help keep restoration efforts on course.  The report needs to be funded by the community to keep it updated and honest!

Together we can bring back the Indian River Lagoon we love. The Lagoon is our community’s treasure. An abundant life-supporting resource that annually generates $4 billion for our local economy.  We need to keep it healthy to keep our community productive!

MRC has been dedicated to restoring the Lagoon for over 30 years, thanks to the support of community members like you.  We train and engage citizen scientists to plant shorelines, educate audiences of all ages, and advocate for the Lagoon.  With your support, MRC will gather the data and the experts to produce the report card. 

Contributions to this event are tax-deductible!
Participate in this production by contacting Beth McMillen at
Marine Resources Council or by visiting our website.
V: 321-725-7775       E: Beth@mrcirl.org                  W: www.SaveTheIRL.org

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Support HB661. the "Disposable Plastic Bags" Bill

In 2010, about 690,000 tons of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) "bags, sacks, and wraps" were generated in the US but only 4.3% of these were recycled.  

Plastics comprise up to 90% of floating marine debris, and up to 80% of the plastic in our oceans comes from land-based sources.  

An estimated 100,000 marine mammals and up to 1 million sea birds die every year after ingesting or being tangled in plastic marine litter.   

It is estimated that Americans go through about 100 Billion plastic bags a year, or 360 bags per  year for every man, woman and chad in the country.  

Now for the history lesson:  
  • In 2008, Florida lawmakers passed a bill prohibiting local governments from banning plastic bags until the Department of Environmental Protection  (DEP) created recommendations, and they were adopted by the Legislature.  
  • In 2010 the DEP completed the Retail Bags Report, strategies to discourage the use of single-use paper and plastic retail bags...but the Legislature still hasn't adopted it.   
HB661 would allow municipalities with populations under f100,000 to create a pilot program to regulate or ban disposable plastic bags.  This pilot program would run until 2018 and, afterwards, a municipality would be able to decide whether or not to continue the ban, through the passage of an ordinance.  



Support HB661 and give local governments the ability to do something about the harmful impacts of single-us plastics!  

The next step for this bill is for Titusville's Rep Goodson to place it on the Ag and Natural Resouces Subcommittee Agenda.  We need help encouraging him to do so--calls, e-mails and meetings by constituents would be particularly helpful!  There is also a Facebook page to encourage him to put it on the agenda https://www.facebook.com/HB661  and a petition at https://www.change.org/p/support-florida-house-bill-661-senate-bill-966-disposable-plastic-bags/u/9760566.  Please visit these and take action to support moving HB661 forward!