Published: Oct 03, 2012 3:23 PM EDT

SANIBEL, Fla.- On October 29th at 1:00 p.m. and October 30th at 5:00 p.m., the City of Sanibel will be conducting training workshops at Sanibel City Hall, 800 Dunlop Road. Individuals identified as "Area Captains" to assist in mobilizing a grass roots effort to respond to fertilizer legislation that will preempt local government's ability to protect water quality and would be harmful to our local economy. The goal of this workshop is to train Area Captains who will be responsible for coordinating with individuals willing to write to their legislators in opposition of harmful fertilizer legislation. The workshop is open to the public.

Over the past several years, there have been several attempts by the Florida Legislator to preempt local government's ability to maintain and/or implement fertilizer legislation designed to protect local water quality. It is anticipated that during this legislative session, the fertilizer industry and their lobbyists will again attempt to pass legislation that will preempt our ability to maintain existing local fertilizer regulations. If successful, the fertilizer companies and the legislators that support their agenda will take away critical tools needed by local governments to address state-mandated water quality programs such as Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) and Numeric Nutrient Criteria, programs aimed at protecting and improving Florida's waters and protecting our coastal economies.

This workshop will be conducted by City of Sanibel Vice Mayor Mick Denham and James Evans, Director of Natural Resources.

For questions about the upcoming workshop or if you would like more information on how you can assist in this effort, please contact James Evans, Director of Natural Resources, at 472-3700 ext. 376.