St. Petersburg rally planned to urge Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to veto toll road expansion

It happens at Williams Park on Tuesday afternoon.

click to enlarge St. Petersburg rally planned to urge Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to veto toll road expansion
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Ron DeSantis seems totally amenable to working with state legislators who want to make it very difficult for ex-felons to get their voting rights restored, and he’s not against guns in classrooms, but Florida’s governor sure knows how play to environmentalists.

Last week, DeSantis vetoed a bill that would've banned cities from banning plastic straws, and now the Sierra Club is staging rallies to convince the governor to put the ixnay on a controversial bill that would pave the way for toll road expansion through some of Florida’s largely untouched rural land.

On Tuesday, May 14 (that’s today), St. Petersburg’s Williams Park will be the site of a gathering where concerned citizens, costumed protestors, environmental groups and Florida Rep. Ben Diamond will be on hand urging DeSantis to veto SB 7068 and HB 7013.

According to a press release sent on Monday afternoon, the bills “have been identified by a wide variety of interests as being egregious attacks on the Florida environment and the state’s working families, and therefore especially worthy of veto action…”

The action happens from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.. We’re wondering if Tampa Bay Democrats Janet Cruz and Darryl Rouson — who sided with Republicans and voted to pass Florida toll road expansion — will be there.

More information is available here.

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