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Right to Clean Water Movement Falls Short of Required Petition Signatures

Organizers to reset and expand efforts for 2026 ballot


FT MYERS— While the citizen-initiated Florida Right to Clean Water effort to place a constitutional amendment for the right to clean and healthy waters on the 2024 ballot gathered impressive support, the effort has fallen short of the nearly 900,000 validated signatures required to be placed on the ballot for a vote next year. Organizers say they will now shift their efforts to work toward success in 2026.

“The dedication of the initiative’s more-than-100 active volunteers and active supporting organizations has been nothing short of exemplary,” said Joseph Bonasia.  


Throughout December and January, the FL RTCW citizen’s initiative will be securing professional campaign services and fundraising consultants to ensure success for the 2026 campaign.  All are invited to provide insights and leads during this time through this form.


"Support for the right to clean and healthy waters continues to grow among Florida’s leaders across the aisle, including U.S. Representative Brian Mast, Florida Representatives Anna Eskamani and Lindsay Cross, and other experienced clean water advocates like Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch, Jane West, Gil Smart, John Cassani, Blair Wickstrom, and so many more," organizers wrote in a press release. "It has become obvious to all that there is no partisan divide when it comes to clean water.  Rather, it is a fight between Floridians and the politics of state-sanctioned pollution.  This is why Florida needs to clarify and enshrine its priorities – clean water first – in its constitution."

Details of the 2026 Success Plan will be announced on Jan. 25. Subscribers to the campaign’s website, www.FloridaRightToCleanWater.org, will receive a notice and link to this announcement event.


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  • Charles

    Getting over the hurtle our politicians have put in place to prevent citizens from determining that they have clean water has to be supported by the voters by signing petitions to get it on the ballot for a vote. Getting the question on the ballot is the real hurtle. Voters must make it possible to vote on it by making sure their petitions will be counted to get it there and getting others to do the same.

    Wednesday, December 6, 2023 Report this

  • jimandlope

    This is sad in that a state population needs to petition for clean water. It’s also sad that every citizen doesn’t sign. James Tierney

    Wednesday, December 6, 2023 Report this

  • pgrady404

    the Ballot Initiative for ******** Rights is in its last Days. Get your petions submitted by December 15th

    As of the last update Manatee County needs 10, 000 more validated petitions to be counted by our SEO. New numbers will come out on Friday. Floridiansprotectingfreedom.com/petition

    Wednesday, December 6, 2023 Report this