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Old Homosassa goes to Tallahassee

Today I’d like to tell you about a bunch of NatureCoasters that really care about their community.  We have two very active  groups that are tirelessly working on projects for the Homosassa River.

A wee bit of history–two years ago, Roger Cullen formed the “Access to the River” committee.  Made up of members of the Homosassa Civic Club, The Homosassa River Alliance, and the Old Homosassa Heritage Council, the goal is to create a park on the Homosassa River.  Hard to believe, but there is no park on the river.

After the “Access to the River” group visited the Save Crystal River King’s Bay project, Steve and Cyndy Minguy created the non-profit, “Homosassa River Restoration Project“.  The goal is to restore the Homosassa River in the same method as the Crystal River group is successfully doing.

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Members of the “Access to the River” committee taking a tour of the “Save Crystal River” project

Both projects need state funding.

Last Wednesday members of these groups made the trip to  Tallahassee to fight for funding.

Old Homosassa goes to Tallahassee

Senator Simpson has sponsored a bill to help out the “Homosassa River Restoration Project” and it has been funded on the Senate side.

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From the left, Steve Minguy, president of “Homosassa River Restoration Project”. Christine Stuckie, Senator Simpson, and Roger Cullen

On the House side, the bill was sponsored by Rep Ralph Massullo and has come out of subcommittee but is not yet funded.

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Representative Massullo  explains how the legislative process works.

Both Senator Simpson and Represenative Massullo have been very supportive of the projects and continue to guide the groups to get that funding.

If you are also concerned about the health of the Homosassa River, you can help out the “Homosassa River Restoration Project” by emailing the legislative assistant to Representative Carlos Trujillo, Mauricio Montiel at [email protected]. Representative Trujillo is the Appropriation Committee Chairman and will have a lot to say from the House side on who is included in the final budget.

Your email would be so helpful, but please be nice and make it brief. Just ask that they fund Bill 2401 and help restore the Homosassa River and help our community. You can use the “Homosassa River Restoration Project” as the subject line.

Let’s save the Homosassa River now!

Old Homosassa goes to Tallahassee