SIGN UP !!! SPEAK UP !!!

Please see media coverage of the May 4 protest in the right column.

Note that GCA believes in exercising its First Amendment Right to free speech. However, GCA only supports peaceful advocacy. Any threatening, aggressive, or illegal actions will be immediately referred to law officers.

How to express your concerns:

1. Sign the petition - click here

2. Call, email, or visit these officials and ask them to Stop Curfew Now:

Frank Reddick - City Council and TSA board member

813-274-8189

email: frank.reddick@tampagov.net

315 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33602

Ken Hagan - County Commissioner and TSA board member

813-272-5725

email: hagank@hillsboroughcounty.org

601 E. Kennedy Blvd. #2, Tampa, FL 33602

Here’s what to say:

Stop the application of Curfew 1,3-D on the Babe Zaharias Golf Course. Please require Tampa Sports Authority to use a safer alternative to keep the Babe green and keep families, pets, and groundwater healthy.

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If you can, please also write or call City Council or speak at a public meeting:

315 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33612 - 813-274-8211

Mike Suarez    813-274-7072

email: mike.suarez@tampagov.net

Charlie Miranda    813-274-7074

email: charlie.miranda@tampagov.net

Yvonne Yolie Capin    813-274-8133

email: yvonne.capin@tampagov.net

Harry Cohen    813-274-8134

email: harry.cohen@tampagov.net

Guido Manascalco    813-274-7071

email: guido.maniscalco@tampagov.net

Luis Viera    813-274-7073

email: Luis.Viera@tampagov.net

For City Council agendas and meeting schedules, call above number or visit:

https://www.tampagov.net/city-council/info/agendas

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If you can, please also write or call TSA board members:

4201 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, FL 33602

Luciano Prida    813-226-6091

email: lprida@pridacpas.com

Andrew Scaglione    813-968-4996

email: ajstally@aol.com

Vincent Marchetti    813-222-5029

email: vmarchetti@stearnsweaver.com

John Jaeb    813-226-0406

email: jjaeb@verizon.net

Tony Muniz    813-932-7944

email: tony@gabrieltampa.com

Kalyn Brandewie    813-251-3333

email: kalyn@floridaretailpartners.com

Don Defosset    813-229-4190

email: ddefosset@gmail.com

Ken Hagan (also a County Commissioner)    813-272-5725

email: hagank@hillsboroughcounty.org

Randy Larson    813-240-7940

email: randylarson@me.com

Thomas Scott    813-503-8029

email: tscott256@aol.com

Eric Hart - CEO    813-350-6500

email: ceo@tampasportsauthority.com

For the TSA meeting schedule, visit: www.tampasportsauthority.com

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The Dangers & Safer Alternatives

Risks of toxic, carcinogenic, flammable and explosive fumes

"Clearly this compound remains in air much longer than they acknowledge and will pose threats to the health of anyone living nearby." David O. Carpenter, MD, Director, Institute for Health and the Environment, A Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization, University at Albany

Click here to see the product label: "high acute inhalation toxicity and carcinogenicity...Do not breathe vapor. May be fatal if inhaled...Do not apply this product in a way that will contact workers or other persons, either directly or through drift."

After injection into the ground, the poisonous fumes spread, rise into the air, and can drift up to 300 feet for 3 days after application. Since it is not possible to predict the direction and distance of the fume drift due to changes in wind direction and speed, it is possible that fumes will enter nearby yards, homes, and streets.

Click here for more information about the serious risks to adults and children in the neighborhood, golfers, pets, and wildlife. Warnings from the EPA, health agencies, and experts are included.

Media coverage of the Dangers

The local media in Tampa Bay have provided extensive coverage of this critical issue. Click here to view television video, listen to audio, and read the articles.

Dangers to ground water, wells, and city drinking water supplies

The Curfew product label  expressly prohibits application in soil and water conditions including those found on the Babe Zaharias golf course: "1,3-dichloropropene is known to move through soil and under certain conditions has the potential to reach groundwater as a result of use. Application in areas where soils are permeable and groundwater is near the surface could result in groundwater contamination. Do not apply within 100 feet of any well used for potable water. Do not apply this product within 100 feet from the edge of karst topographical features... Surface features that are associated with karst topography include sinkholes, caverns, springs, and sinking or disappearing streams...Do not apply directly to water, to areas where surface water is present or to intertidal areas below the mean high water mark"

Click here for documentation from the EPA, US Geological Survey, and other credible professionals about these severe risks to the City of Tampa's drinking water supply, including the location of nearby sinkholes and private wells; thin groundwater coverage by permeable soil; shallow water tables; and multiple lakes and ponds that receive runoff rain and irrigation water and can be contaminated by airborne transportation of Curfew to adjacent surface water resources.

Safer alternatives are available

There are several effective pesticide alternatives to the high risk application of Curfew.  Click here for more information, including recommendations for testing products, how Curfew actually increases nematode infestations, and turf management procedures that negate the need for hazardous pesticides.

Morality and ethics versus greed and special interests

Click here to read about the influences of big money and politics on the suppression of findings by scientists who point to some widely used pesticides that are harmful to humans and about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species.