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Vote to Ban Offshore Oil Drilling in Florida State Waters

Take the Time, Vote YES on 9!

Rethink Energy Florida Encourages Floridians Concerned About Offshore Drilling in State Waters to Take the Amendment 9 Pledge 

In Florida, our coastal communities are crucial to the success of the local businesses that support our vibrant tourism industry and create jobs for countless families. Many of us have visited the same beaches for generations to fish or watch some of the most beautiful sunsets in the country. Further, we’ve grown to respect the communities that make their living through commercial fishing and rely on the protection of those resources.

ReThink Energy Florida believes in empowering Floridians to vote for changes that support our local communities and increase the safety of our public spaces. Therefore, we are encouraging the citizens of Florida to come together to tell our lawmakers that they demand leadership in protecting our economy and our public safety by voting YES on Amendment 9 to ban oil drilling.

In 2009, many politicians put public safety and our local businesses at risk by passing a repeal on the state oil drilling ban through the House; the only thing that stopped the Senate from completing the repeal was the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that put over 600,000 Florida jobs at risk. Amendment 9 is a landmark ballot measure that would add an amendment to the Florida Constitution to prevent oil drilling in state waters -- we believe that Amendment 9 will allow our $37.4B tourism industry to continue to thrive without the threat of damaging public safety and our important ecosystems.

Amendment 9 will appear on the November 2018 ballot and, by adding an amendment to the Florida constitution, will permanently protect Floridians from opportunists who would put our economy at risk for the narrow interests of oil corporation executives. The amendment works by banning drilling for the extraction of oil or natural gas in Florida’s territorial waters, but this Amendment needs 60% voter approval to pass. Rethink Energy Florida asks you to stand with us, demand your right to clean air and water, show up to vote in November, and vote YES on Amendment 9 by completing the pledge below.

The Details
Amendment 9 is a proposed constitutional amendment to be put to voters in November that prevents oil drilling close to Florida’s beaches. The measure also prevents the use of electronic, vapor-generation devices in indoor workplaces.

It reads: “A proposed revision relating to environmental health; amending Section 7 of Article II of the State Constitution to prohibit the drilling for exploration or extraction of oil and natural gas in specified state waters; and amending Section of Article X of the State Constitution to establish a general prohibition on the use of vapor-generating electronic devices in enclosed indoor workplaces” Click here to read more on the Florida Constitution Revision Committee's website.

Should Those Who Vape Support Amendment 9?
In November 2002, seventy-one percent of Florida's citizens voted for a constitutional amendment to prohibit smoking in all enclosed indoor workplaces. This amendment simply adds electronic, vapor-generating devices to the 2002 amendment. Those who use electronic, vapor-generating devices will still be allowed to do so outside of indoor workplaces.