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
315 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33602
Ken Hagan - County Commissioner and TSA board member
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.
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
Charlie Miranda 813-274-7074
Yvonne Yolie Capin 813-274-8133
Harry Cohen 813-274-8134
Guido Manascalco 813-274-7071
Luis Viera 813-274-7073
For City Council agendas and meeting schedules, call above number or visit:
If you can, please also write or call TSA board members:
4201 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, FL 33602
Luciano Prida 813-226-6091
Andrew Scaglione 813-968-4996
Vincent Marchetti 813-222-5029
John Jaeb 813-226-0406
Tony Muniz 813-932-7944
Kalyn Brandewie 813-251-3333
Don Defosset 813-229-4190
Ken Hagan (also a County Commissioner) 813-272-5725
Randy Larson 813-240-7940
Thomas Scott 813-503-8029
Eric Hart - CEO 813-350-6500
For the TSA meeting schedule, visit: www.tampasportsauthority.com
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.