Two May Events

Celebrate the League - Meet and Greet on May 1st

The Board of League of Women Voters of the Space Coast invites all League members and friends who might be interested in joining League to a Wine and Hors d' oeuvre Party.

Where: River House Club House at 115 N. Indian River Drive, Cocoa, FL 32922

Time: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

There is no charge.

Reservations: to Doreen Archer at 321-622-4071 by Monday, April 28th.

Timely Topics on Thursday, May 15th

"The Impact of the Economic Development Commission in Brevard County." with guest speaker Lynda Weatherman, President and CEO of the Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast.

Public is invited.

Where: Tuscany Grill at 7640 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $22.00

Menu choices:

Chicken or Salmon Acropolis

Rigatoni Ala Grill

Eggplant Rollatini

All entrées served with house salad and Italian Bread with Pesto Dipping Oil, and one non alcoholic drink.

Reservations: Doreen Archer at 321-622-4071 no later than Sunday, May 11th.

Charter School Consensus Meeting

Our Consensus Meeting was held on Saturday, January 4th. League of Women Voters of the Space Coast participated in the state study of charter schools that was approved at the State League Convention in April. Questions were sent to each of the Leagues and they were asked to interview staff to find the answers and submit them to the State League. Children committee members met in May and again in October with school choice staff in Brevard County. You can read the original questions and answers at May Report.

Additional questions and answers can be read at October Report.

The Charter Statements are found at LWV SpaceCoast Consensus.

The January 2014 Voter has more charter school information on pages 3 and 7. The January newsletter can be found under the Newsletters Tab.

The Florida Water and Land Legacy Amendment has officially qualified to appear on next November's ballot

The League of Women Voters of the Space Coast has completed a six-month campaign of which it, and each of its members, is justly proud!

In 2012 Florida's Water and Land Legacy began a campaign to place an amendment to Florida's Consitution on the 2014 ballot that, if passed by 60% of the voters, will mandate dedicated funding of Florida's Land Acquisition Trust Fund. Those funds will be used to acquire, manage and restore Florida's conservation and recreation lands. The League of Women Voters of Florida became involved in the spring of 2013. At its April Biennial Convention it adopted the amendment initiative as an "Issue for Action". The state League then called on each of its 28 Chapters to join the campaign and gather as many signed Consitutional Amendment Petitions as possible. All of the Chapters responded, and in June our Space Coast Chapter began its six-month effort to collect petitions. In September the Florida Supreme Court approved the form of the proposed amendment.

Each of the petitions gathered aross the state was submitted to one of the 67 county Superintendents of Elections to be reviewed and, if found to be proper, to be certified as having been correctly completed and signed by a registered Florida voter residing in his or her county. State-wide, 683,149 certified petitions were required to place the proposed amendment on the ballot. The Florida Division of Elections has now certified that, as of January 17, 2014, 690,802 valid petitions have been submitted, and the proposed amendment has "Made Ballot" as proposed amendment Number 1. It will be on the fall 2014 Florida ballot. That is a great victory for the Legacy, the Florida League, the Space Coast League and the many other organizations and individuals who gathered petitions.

A petition goal was set for each League Chapter based upon its membership size. Certainly the League of Women Voters of the Space Coast may be proud of its participation. More than a third of our approximately 100 members gathered petitions in the sun and in the rain. They worked at events like "Hands Across the Lagoon", the "Boomer Bash", and "Recycle Brevard". And they urged their friends, families and neighbors to sign. The Space Coast Chapter exceeded its goal by hundreds, and it ranked fourth among all the League Chapters across Florida in the number of petitions gathered.

Phase 2 of the campaign will now begin - convincing our fellow citizens to vote in 2014 and to vote for the Water and Land Conservation Amendment to the Florida Constitution. We will be there!