Naples Daily News: Congressional candidate Joe Garcia urges Crist to ban Gulf drilling for good

NAPLES — Just steps away from calm, blue-green water lapping under the Naples Pier, congressional hopeful Joe Garcia on Thursday announced a petition urging Gov. Charlie Crist to ban offshore drilling in the Gulf for good.

“The BP spill not only affects the Gulf, but everyone who lives here in Florida,” Garcia said. He’s running in Congressional District 25, which covers parts of Collier, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.

Garcia said if Tallahassee politicians had their way in the past, there would have been rigs visible off Naples.

A consequence of the spill is that 200,000 Floridians could lose their jobs, Garcia said, comparing the disaster to a slow-moving hurricane.

“We have to ask the federal government for emergency assistance,” Garcia said, “and I call on the governor to begin that process.”

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