LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Environmental leaders in our state say there needs to be a new push to let people know about the threat of offshore drilling on the Gulf Coast.
Fox 4 was there for their meeting Monday in Sanibel.
The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, Oceana, and the Chamber of Commerce hosted the meeting.
Organizers say it's critical that people know how much offshore drilling could change their lives. “Florida's Gulf Coast is still in the federal off shore drilling program, and that
offshore drilling program threatens our beaches, our wildlife, and our cultural identity as Flordians,” says Hunter Miller, campaign organizer at Oceana.
Florida congressman Francis Rooney filed a bill to make a ban on offshore drilling in the eastern Gulf permanent.
The current ban expires in 2022.