Saturday, November 10, 2007

PBCEC November Notes and Announcements

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The November 5th meeting had a great turnout and a well packed agenda. We covered a broad array of issues and filled our calendars up with important events and meetings. Below is a collection of notes and updates.
So if you missed the last meeting, get out your pens and calendars so you can catch up with the rest of us.. you can start with marking the date of our next PBCEC meeting, Monday, Dec 3.)

for land and water,
panagioti tsolkas
pbcec, co-chair

[Photos from FPL Halloween Costume Party-Protest!!]

*FPL is requesting County Approval to increase the West County Energy Center to 3800 megawatts, making it one of the largest fossil fuel power plants in the U.S. Join us on NOV 29 9am at the County Commission, 301 North Olive, 6th floor to oppose this..

*We heard from the Gun Club Rd Homeowners Association who has been fighting the County around a land use issue in their neighborhood. A development plan by the Cheney Bros. is seeking to disregard the Transfer-of-Development-Rights (TDR) process, setting an awful precendent for one of the few concessions that the public has for getting open space preserved. Come support their efforts to stop this at the COUNTY COMMISSION MEETING on NOV 20, 9am.

*The group 'Save Boca Green Space' presented their case for keeping open, recreationally zoned land from being converted into development. please JOIN THEM ON DEC 11 at BOCA CITY COUNCIL, 6pm

*Rockmining was taken off the agenda last month, but it may appear back on NOV 27, so be prepared to attend the County Commission meeting and keep the pressure on. We need a real restoration plan for the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA)!

*The New Landfill issue may be back on the Solid Waste Authority (SWA) agenda for November 13. Tell the County Commission (which sits as the SWA board) to keep it away from sensative areas.

*DEC 13!! There is a joint meeting between the County and SFWMD covering the topics: Mecca Farms, Loxahatchee River, the L8 Rock Pits, Drough and Future Forecast, possibly the SWA landfill, and more! Yikes! 9am to 1pm at the Palm Beach Convention Center

*Legeslative Delagation Public Hearings in PBC. We are asking PBCEC participants and supporters to show up and express concerns about FPL's WCEC (those intending to address the Leg Del need to call 561-355-2406):
NOV 13, 2-5pm at SFWMD HQ, B-1 Auditorium, 3301 Gun Club Road, WPB;
NOV 27, 2-5pm FAU Campus, Live Oak Pavillion, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
DEC 17, 1:30pm-4:00pm Belle Glade City Hall, 110 Dr. Martin Luther King, jr

*A new Shooting Range next to the Loxahatchee Refuge? Rosa Durando suggests contacting Jeff Koons and asking him about it..

*Fertilizer Task Force is meeting in Apopka, on DEC 17 (contact Drew Martin for a ride)

*Protect Florida Panthers from Off-Road Vehicles!
Please write to the National Park Service and ask them to protect the panther:,,,

*Climate Action Workshop in Miami, hosted by Earth Ethics Institute, featuring Bill McKibbon,-NOV 29- please RSVP: Space is limited - please RSVP with your contact information by November 21st to Melisa Stodieck at Miami-Dade College, Wolfson Campus - Building 2000 - Room 2106 300 NE 2nd Ave Downtown, Miami
Link to campus map
Phone: 305-237-3796

*FUN-RAISER for PBCEC's lawsuit against the West County Energy Center, JAN 27, we are looking for bands available to play music and people to help promote the event. location tba.. [we are also in need of funds immediately to fight this battle, you can donate online at]