League of Women Voters of Seminole County

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Members and guests included two “junior Leaguers”


Senator David Simmons with “Then & Now” photo in background.

Senator David Simmons outlined the water quality issues our springs and aquifer are experiencing and identified the major contributors to the problem;  water reduction, agricultural practices, residential run-off and septic tanks, and waste water treatment practices.  While he spoke, LWV FL Natural Resources Chair, Chuck O’Neal,displayed in living color “Then & Now” examples of each of the problems facing our aquifer and springs; algae growth, reduction of flow, putrefaction of the water and shorelines, and  wholesale water consumption.

Senator Simmons spelled out his solution to restore our water resources:

1,  Start in the beginning with the end in mind; tackle the problems “Worst, First.”

2.  Bring all interested parties to the process, i.e.,FDEP, Water Management, Agriculture, Industry and Environment; place their respective plans on the table and work out the process, which he anticipates should take a minimum of 15 years, to bring about permanent change.

3. Create a dedicated funding source – Amendment 1

Chuck O’Neal followed Senator Simmons with information on the scientific aspects of our substrata and the connection between our springs, water treatment and the aquifer.  He provided scientific studies done in the past to quantify the recharge and flow processes.  Then he proposed an additional point to Senator Simmons list of solutions:


Members and guests being introduced, including newest member.

4.  Reset the paradigm used to set the standards: i.e.; reevaluate prior studies to prove or disprove the findings, and attack the problem where it will do the greatest good, first.

Follow-up questions were few due to time constraints, however through out the program both speakers poised and answered a number of questions, including many in the minds of those in attendance.

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Susan_B_Anthony_c1855Have you renewed your LWV membership? We would encourage you to do so now!

The League is a grassroots organization which works to increase understanding of major public policy issues through education and advocacy.

To date, LWV Seminole is sponsoring “Hot Topics” on subjects defining our mission. We are also involved in voter education, Seminole schools, the environment, public transportation, the courts and voter registration. Join us on line at http://LWVSeminole.org or send your check for $59 to LWVS, PO Box 160394, Altamonte Springs, FL 32716-0394.

(Would you like to extend the reach of your membership? Consider becoming an “Susan B. Anthony” member.  Funds in excess of regular membership dues stay in the local League to help us achieve our mission)



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Great news!  LWV FL has activated our countdown clock to remind voters: An election is near!   ….AND …LWV Florida has launched the NEW LWVF Android Smartphone App: Be Ready to Vote.   Convenience is the key for many voters;  many U30 voters get the bulk of their information from their smartphones, and League can help meet that threshold!    If you or someone you are   have an ANDROID smartphone, follow these steps:

  • Go into Google Play: Apps                                                                                                            (or just click here⇒)votefl
  •  Search “League Women Voters”
  • Look for Red/White/Blue “Be Ready” icon
  • Download for free

Available in English and Spanish



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CANCELLED – Board of County Commission Candidates  

(Only one candidate made themself available for this debate)

Monday, August 11, 2014
Forum will be 7-8.30 pm.

Historic St. James AME Church
819 Cypress Street
Sanford, FL  327771

Candidates on the August ballot in the Republican primary for seats on the Board of County Commissioners will face off in a League Q&A Forum.  Marilyn Crotty, Director of the Florida Institute of Government at UCF, will moderate.  Incumbent John Horan is being challenged by Jorge Martos for the District 2 seat.   Since there is no Democratic or write-in candidate, the winner of the primary will win the seat.  District 4 incumbent Carlton Henley will have no opponent on the ballot in either the primary or the general election.

Seminole County School Board Candidates
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Doors open at 6.30
Forum will be 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Seminole County Public Schools Headquarters
400 E. Lake Mary Boulevard
Lake Mary, FL 32746

With five challengers for two contested seats on the Seminole County School Board, the Forum promises to provide essential information for voters.   LWV Seminole and the County Council of PTAs are partnering to produce the forum.Candidates for the District 1 seat, vacant since the death of Diane Bauer, include Frank D. Curcio, Jeff Bauer, and Rich Sloane.  Incumbent Karen Almond will face challenger Gracia Miller for the District 2 spot.  District 5 incumbent Tina Calderone does not have an opponent.


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