Smith has strong environmental record


Published: Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 12:46 a.m.
On July 24 The Sun ran a profile on Sen. Rod Smith. It noted concerns some environmentalists had with Smith's voting record. However, the very few examples given provided little meaningful insight into his overall environmental record.
The Caribbean Conservation Corporation is the oldest sea turtle conservation and education organization in the U.S. Based in Gainesville and founded by the renowned UF zoologist Dr. Archie Carr, it is involved in all aspects of sea turtle conservation policy, including the protection of the coastal and marine habitats.
Smith has consistently supported legislation to benefit marine turtles and the habitats they rely on for survival. He sponsored legislation to secure the Sea Turtle License Plate Grants Program, which collects and distributes funds from the sale of specialty license plates to conservation groups and research institutions that work to protect Florida's marine turtles.
He sponsored legislation requiring that people who buy ocean front property be provided with a disclosure on the hazards of living on the shoreline.
He also supported the Ocean and Coastal Resources Management Act, which established a council to develop and prioritize research to help protect and manage these resources. When Gov. Bush established the Coastal High Hazard Study Committee, in 2005, Smith advocated for the appointment of an environmental organization representative.

David Godfrey,

Executive Director,

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