Want to pay $35 million to help T. Rowe Price destroy our wetlands in the middle of a drought?

So, if that is not enough to rile you, hang on to your seat. They have proposed a parking lot smack dab in the middle of 1.5 acres of pristine [image-1]Add to this the fact that one of the South Pasco Wellfield's eight wells is located less than 100 feet from the proposed site, and you have the makings for the most severe threat to Tampa Bay's drinking water since the proposed Cypress Creek Town Center. All of this while Pinellas County has issued their most stringent water restrictions yet. Keep in mind T. Rowe Price already have proposed 3 multi story parking garages, so why can't they just do away with the parking lot and leave the wetlands alone? Could it be that a parking lot is not really what they had in mind? Perhaps the plans fail to show a gas station or some other surprise that will be added after approval, making it too valuable an asset to remove.

If we continue to allow the paving over of our wetlands, then the rain water will simply run off into the Gulf and the Bay, and will not reach the aquifer, and if we continue to drain the aquifer for our household and business water needs, then we will continue to create voids underground and [image-2]

This is not a case of total opposition to this project. Opponents to the project say if T. Rowe Price would just avoid the wetlands, then all objections would go away. In fact, some members of environmentalist group Citizens for Sanity even wrote to the corporation welcoming them to Pasco, and encouraging them to build, but to avoid all wetlands impacts. When they insisted on proceeding with the destructive impacts, Citizens for Sanity.com, Inc. was forced to challenge the Environmental Resource Permit (ERP) from the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD, often referred to as swiftmud). The group has already discovered numerous mistakes made by the State agency in its zeal to fast track this project and the agency has already altered the original ERP to include 2 additional wetlands delineations omitted from the original permit. This on top of the fact that renowned wetlands expert USF Professor Dr. Mark Rains has completed his own independent study of the wetlands in question and has stated that they are at least 5 times the size that T. Rowe Price and SWFWMD were suggesting!

What you can do to help:

Call T. Rowe Price and ask them not to destroy wetlands in their construction projects. Remind them that they are taking your money to do this and they need to listen to you! Tell them to make good on their green promises. (1-800-638-7890 Ask for CEO James Kennedy, or Mark Ruhe)

Contact Pasco County Commissioners: Tell them not to allow this project to go forward without protecting wetlands and thus the entire region's drinking water.

Dist. 1 Ted Schrader: [email protected]

Dist.3 Vice Chair Pat Muleri: [email protected]

Dist.3 Ann Hildebrand: [email protected]

Dist.4 Michael Cox: [email protected]

Dist.5 Chairman Jack Mariano: [email protected] 

Donate to Citizens for Sanity: Call Clay Colson 813-601-3391 for details re: contribution to the 501c3.

Attend Benefit Concert:

Save the Serenova Preserve- Saturday, May 2nd; 2 - 8p.m.; Pape Kibos- 14217 Old Dixie Highway, Hudson Beach, FL 34667

Join us for a day of food, a variety of live music, an art auction and lots of fun while helping to "Save the Wildlife on the Serenova Preserve." Live music will be performed by Hudson Beach's popular Donny Simonds Band (Americana); Singer/Songwriter Tom Scudiero; The Dapper Dan Band (Country/Americana); Hudson's popular duo,The Local Yokuls; award winning environmental folk artist, Mike Jurgensen[image-3], and Jim Mason (Oldies), who has been awarded industry recognition, including gold and platinum records, as he co-wrote the Peter, Paul and Mary hit "I Dig Rock-N-Roll Music" and produced Poco, Noel Paul Stookey of Peter Paul and Mary, who orignated the timelesss "Wedding Song (There is Love)!

A silent "Wildlife Portrait" art auction will be held along with photographs and a video of all of the wildlife filmed on the Serenova Preserve during the past 5 years. Pape Kibos is located at 14217 Old Dixie Highway, Hudson, FL 34667 (which is one block west of U.S. 19 off Hudson Avenue in Hudson Beach, FL.) Gain entrance for a $10.00 donation to the Citizens for Sanity which is a Non profit, 501C3 organization with the mission of teaching about the importance of preserving and protecting our significant land. Who will speak for the wildlife if not YOU ?

Website: www.papekibos or call us at: (727) 819-2417 or (727) 367-3592 for further info.

FROM: CITIZENS FOR SANITY, 501 C Environmental Non-Profit Organization

Want to pay $35 million to help T. Rowe Price destroy our wetlands in the middle of a drought? Sounds like a deal that's too good to be true right? Well I guess if you are T. Rowe Price it's a good deal. It is yet another pre-emptive bailout for another corporation poised to do something ludicrous and destructive with our money. They are offered our tax money to pull off the ultimate shell game.

Get this, they are being offered millions of State and County dollars to create new jobs in Florida, but wait, follow the ball, they are already in Florida. They are in Hillsborough County to be exact, and they are planning to move to Pasco County. So, just in case you lost sight of it, they are moving from one place in the state to another and taking money for creating new jobs in the same state in which they are moving. Now if they moved from another State to here, maybe it would make sense, but instead they have actually threatened to move to another State from here, if they don't get the money. It kind of sounds like extortion: "Give us millions or we'll leave the State". And what about the loss of jobs in Hillsborough County, when they leave? And while we are speaking of lost jobs, what about the 288 job cuts T. Rowe has announced.


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