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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Suncoast Chapter Takes Charge on Upham

The Suncoast Chapter wants the (five) 5 Geotextile tube experimental project removed from Upham Beach – with a promise of no future permanent structures. So, after a year of unsuccessful negotiations with the County and being blamed without proof for the recent tube slashing, the Chapter decided to take their campaign to the next level. On Friday, May 9th, the chapter launched the Free Upham Beach Petition.

The Suncoast Chapter plans to rally support for their campaign by educating the public – one person at a time. Members will be seen patrolling neighbors in Pinellas County armed with pictures, copies of DEP records, and a position paper where 43 PhD’s from Western Carolina University have published a statement against the use of erosion control structures.

“I worked with USGS and USF St.Pete campus on the original erosions studies for Upham Beach placing a beach camera on the condo at the jetty to monitor the conditions overtime. The conclusions then were that nothing would correct the problem of erosion caused by man’s building and maintaining the pass/jetty. This is a known situation not only at Upham but at all beaches where we continue to alter natural processes”, Randy Johnson commented on the petition.

Supporters are logging countless hours on this campaign – and they have only just begun. Over 400 electronic signatures have already been collected toward the chapter goal of 1,000 in under a month.

On,Saturday June 7th there will be a Free Upham Party & silent auction!

Ricky T's.
6110 Gulf Blvd
St. Pete Beach. Fl
Live Band! Full Bar! Great Staff!
Food and Fun!

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