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Protest Update

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

It meant getting up quite early this morning-5:30 so we could be ready to go at 6:30 as we were meeting at the clubhouse and our friend's we were riding with were handing out the directions and name tags. Then we had a 45 min drive to Clermont which is south of us. We had a nice showing from our park, 49 people took the time to show up to let officials know that we were not happy with what is happening to our lake.
We had close to 400 people show up at the meeting and we had many local, state, and federal folks there so at least we have let them see that we are not happy with the treatment we are getting right now. They are trying to fix a polution problem in another lake at the expense of our Lake! The water flow is to the north here and our lake is the last in the chain of lakes that eventually ends up in Jacksonville, Fl and they have shut off the water flowing out of Lake Apopka until March or April. Our lake is already so low that many folks are unable to get their boats out of the muck and many docks are now high and dry. The last time they did this, it ended up killing off most of our fish and a large number of our alligators.
We were not allowed to speak, but we did wear our name tags and on it had it printed Open the Dam and on another Save Lake Griffin so they could read our message even if we could not speak.
We did not stay for the whole day, but hopefully they understand that folks are serious about this and another meeting is scheduled for December 20. I do not know if we will be able to attend as we don't have the schedule for DH's radiation-will get that tomorrow.
I am quite tired tonite after two days of marathon cookie baking and distribution but already getting feedback of how much people are enjoying them and guess I have to make some more baskets up as some folks have let me know they have heard about them and missed out! Every year this gets bigger and bigger. I started it to give something to some of the older folks who I know do not have family here and we have a number of widowed men who I know do not bake so I know they really like a sweet treat. Then there are just the good friends who are always willing to help out with dad or taking care of Abbie for us or offering to help with things DH can't do-this is my one big Thank You to all of them!
Thinking come Friday life is going to slow down and maybe I can relax and enjoy the rest of the holidays.
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  • CHEVY63
    That's great that you are making yourselves heard (even if you were silent!) I hope that they take your message seriously.
    3358 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8667808
    Good for you and your community for showing up, I hope that means something to the powers that be.
    I hope you get that rest Friday and in the meantime, deep breaths!
    Thanks for the poem, I giggled at the end emoticon
    3362 days ago
  • MARCIE_ELAINE
    What an angel you are.
    3362 days ago
  • MOMMA_BEAR_69
    You have definitely been busy. Now is the time to slow down and take care of you. Rest, relax and enjoy the holidays. At least make some time just for you each day...holiday or not!!! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!
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    3362 days ago
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