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Roger Stewart September 10, 2014
Kathy Castor, D-FL
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to celebrate to honor the life of a true champion of environmentalism, Roger Stewart. His outstanding career in public service and his countless efforts to protect the natural resources of our community will be forever remembered. Mr. Stewart grew up on a farm in the New York-New Jersey area. At the age of 18, he joined the Army Air Corps where he served during World War II. He went on to spend the next 21 years serving his country as a pilot. Prior to his retirement as an Air Force Major, he went back to school for a degree in zoology from the University of South Florida. Soon after graduation he accepted a position as a County Health Department biologist with Hillsborough County Department of Health’s Pollution Control. Mr. Stewart created the original Water Sampling Network while at the Health Department. Mr. Stewart paved the way for environmental advocacy in Tampa Bay. He zealously led the, then newly created, Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) in the late 1960s. Despite only having a handful of employees, Mr. Stewart aggressively spearheaded the cleanup of Tampa Bay by creating rules that protected wetlands and forced powerful local companies to reduce air pollution. In February 1974, Mr. Stewart courageously appeared on CBS’s “60 Minutes” and expressed concern about the rate of development which was outpacing the protections for sensitive environmental ecosystems as well as air and water quality. He showed viewers the damaging sewage spilling into Tampa Bay. After the interview Mr. Stewart was temporarily fired but brought back to lead the EPC a short time later. Thanks to Mr. Stewart’s leadership, the EPC has grown to a robust staff that has carried out many State, Regional, and Federal level regulatory duties without losing the ability to enforce and maintain local standards. Mr. Stewart, an Air Force pilot-turned-environmentalist, kept Hillsborough County elected officials consistently accountable for making natural resources a priority over corporate profits. He retired in 2000 and passed away on August 21, 2014 at age 89. Mr. Stewart was an unabashed “purist in the environmental business”. His heroic commitment to environmentalism made an unforgettable mark on the Tampa Bay community. Tampa Bay is a better and more beautiful place to live thanks to his efforts. Mr. Speaker, on behalf of a grateful Tampa Bay community, I am proud to recognize Roger Stewart for his lifelong service to the State of Florida."
Tribute To Jessica Barron July 22, 2014
Marco Rubio, R-FL
"Jessica is a rising senior at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. Currently, she is majoring in mass communications. Jessica is a dedicated and diligent worker who has been devoted to getting the most out of her internship experience."
Recognizing The Contributions Of John Edward Barber June 26, 2014
Alan Grayson, D-FL
"John then went on to study Political Science and Women’s Studies at the University of South Florida, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1995. While in college, John and Sam Singhaus teamed up to perform as their drag characters, Tweeka Louise Weed and Miss Sammy, doing shows in Orlando and Tampa."
Recognizing The Contributions Of Nadine Smith June 25, 2014
Alan Grayson, D-FL
"Smith attended the U.S. Air Force Academy after graduating High School in Panama City. She left after the passage of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in 1993. She earned a Masters in Communication from the University of South Florida."
Remembering The Hon. C.W. Bill Young October 28, 2013
Gus Bilirakis, R-FL
"His contributions also extend to higher education with his role in developing centers of excellence in technology and marine science at the University of South Florida."

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