Flammable Fuel Tanks Near Your Neighborhood? Tell Gov. DeSantis: Let Us Decide – Veto HB 1645

Background on the bill:

In Ormond Beach, Florida, residents and local officials are sounding the alarm. Thousands of local residents have been fighting for two years to stop a giant flammable fuel distribution facility from being built in their backyards. Belvedere Terminals (Tampa) submitted plans to build a flammable fuel distribution facility to include 16 colossal storage tanks capable of storing over 20 million gallons of highly flammable fuels on a site with 5,000 residents living within a 2 mile radius.

Why does this matter to you?

🛑 Belvedere Terminals wants to build 7 of these flammable fuel distribution facilities across the state.

And when local residents were successful in getting their local officials to pause the permitting process, Belvedere Terminals took a different route: going to state lawmakers to pass a state law taking away the power of local governments to regulate the siting of these types of projects. And they found a taker: State Sen. Jay Collins (R-Tampa) took them up on it and has introduced SB 1624 – Energy Resources, which has so many pet projects in it, it’s now being called an “energy omnibus” bill.

It’s become a tried-and-true tactic: when a giant corporation can’t get its way at the local level, try the “Tallahassee Takeover” and attack home rule.

Write your lawmakers: Enough of the preemption bills that make our local communities less safe. Say no to SB 1624!

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Location matters

The Ormond Beach site that Belvedere Terminals picked is alarmingly close to several residential communities, including the Bear Creek Retirement Community and Ormond Lakes Neighborhood. The residents and local officials banded together and successfully paused the permitting process. However, Belvedere Terminal is attempting to sidestep Ormond Beach residents and local officials by asking state legislators to override local authority, also called home rule. The bill, (SB 1624-Energy Resources) filed by State Senator Jay Collins (R-Tampa), would reclassify these types of fuel storage facilities as “resiliency facilities” and allow them to be built on any land zoned as commercial, industrial, or manufacturing. In other words, they could be built just about anywhere and right next to residential neighborhoods.

Impact on Property Values

The facilities are not only a direct threat to the safety and well-being of residents but also threaten to significantly devalue properties. Homebuyers will recognize the inherent risks and stigma associated with living near a giant flammable fuel facility, which will lead to a decline in property values. The relentless flow of tanker trucks will also contribute to noise pollution and traffic congestion, further degrading the quality of life for local residents.

Environmental Threats: Spills, Leaks, and Ecosystem Damage

The risk of fuel spills and leaks is an inherent danger with fuel storage. Such incidents can lead to extensive environmental damage, contaminating soil, groundwater, and surface water. This not only endangers aquatic ecosystems but also poses a significant risk to the drinking water supplies of nearby communities. The facility’s location, near sensitive environmental areas, should require stringent scrutiny to prevent irreversible damage. However, SB 1624removes all local local authority over land use restrictions.

So, let’s join Ormond Beach and demand that the Florida legislature allow us to decide what is built in our backyards.

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