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State Ban

  • The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce successfully advocated for a permanent ban on oil drilling in Florida waters.
  • In November, voters passed an amendment to the Florida State Constitution.
  • Amendment 9 permanently banned oil drilling in Florida waters.
  • Click Here to view Amendment 9 language.

Federal Ban

  • The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce is advocating for a permanent ban on oil drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico.
  • In 2020, the current ban on oil drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico is set to expire.
  • There is a proposal that would extend the ban for another 5 years.
  • We need a permanent ban.

Advocacy Efforts

  • The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce created a statewide coalition of Chambers of Commerce and businesses opposed to offshore oil drilling.
  • Click Here to join the coalition
  • Contact Doug Izzo for more information about the coalition
    ​Doug Izzo, Government Affairs Representative
    Doug@TampaBayBeaches.com
    (727) 360-6957.

More Information

  • Click Here to listen to the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce panel discussion on offshore oil drilling.
  • Panelist discussed the effect an oil spill has on our economy and environment as well as outlined advocacy efforts to permanently ban offshore oil drilling.
  • Click Here for news coverage of our trip to D.C.
  • Click Here for Tampa Bay Times op-ed submitted by the chamber