Legislative delegation hears local concerns

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 11:19 AM.

CHIPLEY — Local residents got the chance to express their concerns and desires to state legislators on Tuesday when Sen. Don Gaetz and Rep. Marti Coley visited Washington County.

Gaetz and Coley were on a Legislative delegation tour, visiting towns through the Panhandle, and stopped by the Washington County Annex to visit with residents and community leaders and listen to what was on their constituents’ minds before the Legislature begins its 2013 session in February.

Karen Schoen opened the meeting by reading a prepared statement warning that the state of Florida is under attack by the United Nation’s Agenda 21 and “sustainable development.”

According to Wikipedia, Agenda 21 is a non-binding, voluntarily implemented action plan of the United Nations with regard to sustainable development. It is an action agenda for the UN, other multilateral organizations, and individual governments around the world that can be executed at local, national, and global levels.

“The government wants to control every aspect of humanity,” Schoen said. “Agenda 21 has set us on a path to destroy Florida. Individual property rights have taken a back seat to the good of the collective.”

Neither Coley nor Gaetz had any comment on Schoen’s statement.

On a more local concern, Vernon Elementary School PTO President Tara Dockery asked the legislators to consider providing more funding to local schools to improve security. Dockery took her concerns to the Washington County School Board and the Board of County Commissioners earlier in January, and the BOCC recommended she also approach the legislators.

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