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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Florida voters decided to ban nearshore oil and gas drilling beneath state-owned waters


Last week a federal judge called Florida a “laughingstock,” thanks to our shambolic voting process. When it comes to amending our constitution … that was ridiculous this year too. Especially so was Amendment 9, titled: “Ban Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling and Ban Vaping in Enclosed Indoor Workplaces.” However absurd it was to bundle vaping and drilling together in one proposal, voters approved Amendment 9 by almost 70 percent. Maybe they didn’t read the fine print, or were too excited about the chance to register their disapproval of vaping, because Amendment 9 doesn’t exactly ban drilling – it “prohibits drilling … beneath all state-owned waters.” And barely two weeks later, the Florida Petroleum Council is back to pushing for offshore …
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