The Fort Walton Beach Tea Party once again leads the statewide effort to fight against higher taxes, increased spending, excessive regulation, inadequate limitations on Federal government, and a lack of transparency and accountability in our regulatory agencies.
On Tuesday morning, Vice Chairman Henry Kelley read the following statement to the EPA Special Hearing to determine whether Okaloosa County and the State of Florida would have to unnecessarily spend billions of dollars to replace all our water treatment facilities over the next few years.
County Commissioner John Jannazo also attended the EPA hearing and launched the afternoon session by blasting the new proposed EPA rules. Both the County and Cities of Okaloosa County have had to propose high water rates because of the brand new wastewater treatment facility. According to the Director of Okaloosa County Water and Sewer Jeff Littrell, the new EPA proposed regulations would make our new water treatment facility obsolete instantly and cause millions of dollars to renovate or rebuild the facility without gaining any real environmental benefit. In fact, all the rebuilding and re-manufacturing will increase the carbon footprint of the entire project and lead to a more polluted environment.
Even the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has called the EPA proposal “not scientifically valid,” “not appropriate,” “not adequately protective,” “not linked to a biological response,” and “too simplistic.”
The FWB Tea Party has been concerned by governments using regulatory agencies to take the place of legislation passed by elected representatives. We have noted the use of executive power, rather than legislative power, to regulate is affecting us all. Whether you agree with the final actions or not, it is highly unconstitutional for the legislative branches of our government to step aside and allow regulatory agencies to cause harm to our local economies.
And that is where the FWB Tea Party stepped in. We have contacted over 50 Tea Party and government accountability organizations across the state and are excited to support the Cocoa Beach Tea Party Rally tomorrow in Orlando as they have at least 4 speakers along with the Brevard Tea Party and Titusville Tea Party. Other similar concerned citizen’s groups such as the Florida Farm Bureau and Don’t Tax Florida will also be present at the Orlando Wednesday meeting (February 17, 2010: 1:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Orlando Universal, 7800 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819).
For more video of today’s presentations, go to our YouTube page at www.YouTube.com/FWBTeaParty
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