Florida

WHEREAS, the earth sciences provide the foundation for protecting Florida's citizens and the environment from the natural hazards that pose a threat to our state; and

WHEREAS, the earth sciences monitor changes in our natural systems to predict,
prepare and mitigate for the effects of natural hazards including flooding, coastal
erosion, landslides, droughts, expansive soils and sinkholes;

WHEREAS, the earth sciences provide the foundation for sound environmental management, conservation and land use through the understanding of earth systems;
and

WHEREAS, the earth sciences use observations and measurements from earth and
space to safeguard public health, increase environmental protection and encourage wise stewardship of Florida's mineral, energy and water resources; and

WHEREAS, the earth sciences are critical to the understanding of Florida's aquifer and support the Florida Springs Initiative and the Everglades Restoration Program, comprehensive and coordinated plans to restore Florida's environment; and

WHEREAS, the earth sciences provide better understanding, protection and management of Florida's cultural, historical and pre-historical resources, supporting the highest quality of life for Floridians;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jeb Bush, Governor of the State of Florida, do hereby extend greetings and best wishes to all observing Earth Science Week, October 10-16, 2004.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I
have hereunto set my hand
and caused the Great Seal of
the State of Florida to be affixed
at Tallahassee, the Capital, the
6th day of October in the year of our Lord two thousand four.

Jeb Bush
(Signed)
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Governor