Activists hope Florida gubernatorial candidates will prioritize oceans

Fed up with mediocre oceans management from Gov. Jeb Bush (R), Florida activists are urging gubernatorial candidates Jim Davis (D) and Charlie Crist (R) to make the deep blue sea a priority. Yesterday, 20 environmental, recreational, and civic groups released a report with recommendations for curbing coastal development, preserving ocean and coastal ecosystems, blocking offshore drilling, reducing air and water pollution (particularly carbon dioxide emissions), and creating a comprehensive ecosystem management plan for government agencies. Davis immediately indicated support, pledging to “restore respect for Florida’s natural resources to the governor’s office”; Crist said he would review the report. Both men were backed by the Sierra Club in the primaries. “We are feeling very optimistic,” says Linda Young, director of Clean Water Network of Florida. Glad someone is.