Sea of Change

Whether or not you believe that climate change is real, scientists seem to agree that the sea is rising around Florida. Studies show that we could experience significant sea level rise within the next 20 years and the impact could be devastating. As many of our communities remain underwater following Tropical Storm Isaac, this level of flooding may be something we have to get used to unless we act now.

In a recent study, researchers at Florida Atlantic University estimated that South Florida will need to invest in infrastructure to the tune of at least $500 million dollars over the next 100 years to combat the challenges that sea level rise will bring. Improvements will need to include stormwater drainage systems, septic systems, and the elevation of roads and bridges.

We will also need to ensure that our freshwater supply remains safe as saltwater contamination is likely to inundate our coastal areas.   Broward County is already taking steps by addressing the effects of climate change in its Comprehensive Plan. Senator Sachs believes the rest of the region and the state should follow its example.

“As a coastal community, we need to bring our scientists, engineers and government leaders together to address this issue bfore it becomes a real problem,” said Senator Sachs. “Sea level rise is happening right now and if we wait […]

Tropical Storm Isaac: The Aftermath

Tropical Storm Isaac: The Aftermath

Clean up continues in Palm Beach and Broward Counties after Tropical Storm Isaac wreaked havoc on our area, causing more than $72 million in damage. Many local schools, heavily impacted by flooding, were closed for several days. Experts say it was one of the worst storms to hit Florida in the last 100 years in terms of flooding.

 

As your State Senator, I stayed in close contact with Emergency Management officials in Palm Beach and Broward Counties throughout the duration of the storm. Equally important, I contacted the leaders of Homeowners and Condominium Associations. I also relayed information about damages directly to Tallahassee. In the aftermath, I immediately reported to the South Florida Water Management District and met with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Governor Scott, and members of the State Emergency Managemnt Agency to monitor the extent of the damages. I am grateful for the cooperation between agencies at all levels of government and especially thank our local emergency personnel for their response during this disaster.   As Vice Chair of the Senate Domestic Security Committee, it is my job to ensure that my constituents are safe and have access to the assistance they need. If you or someone you know needs help, please contact my office. My door is always open.

 

Senator Sachs Passes Alzheimer’s Legislation

 Alzheimer’s Legislation

Senator Sachs has always been a champion for Alzheimer’s patients.  She has  cosponsored several bills aimed at protecting Alzheimer’s patients and furthering treatment and research programs in Florida.

 

 

Senator Sachs at Tuesday’s Town Hall meeting with Aline Stone of the National Alzheimer’s Association.

Senator Sachs at Tuesday’s Town Hall meeting with Aline Stone of the National Alzheimer’s Association.
This past session she cosponsored SB 682 which established the Purple Ribbon Task Force within the Florida Department of Elderly Affairs.  The Task Force  will be responsible for developing a State plan to address the needs of individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and their caregivers.
The Senator is also a cosponsor of SB 694, the Alzheimer’s Adult Day Care Dignity Act, which ensures that  adult day care centers that provide specialized Alzheimer’s services are licensed and that operators have received sufficient education and experience.
When the Senator served in the House of Representatives she sponsored HB 279, which establishes a grant program to encourage counties to implement lifesaver programs to help track Alzheimer’s patients and others who are prone to wander.  Lifesaver programs use small transmitters, which are usually worn on a person’s wrist, to electronically track lost or wandering participants.  Local law enforcement is equipped with the receivers to track the transmitters.  The Senator will continue to push for this bill and other measures aimed at protecting our most vulnerable citizens.

 

 

 

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More funding to fight Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer Awareness

This week Senator Sachs issued a call for more funding to help Alzheimer’s Disease patients, caregivers, and researchers at an Alzheimer’s Association Town Hall meeting in Delray Beach.

Senator Sachs advocates for more funding for Alzheimer’s research at a Town Hall meeting held in Delray Beach on Tuesday.
The Senator as well as national advocates and federal health officials joined a crowd of South Florida residents who have been impacted by the disease. Senator Sachs is among them.  She cared for her late father who suffered from dementia.  This inspired her to introduce legislation.
While government leaders are working to implement plans in the fight against Alzheimer’s, funding for these efforts lags behind.

  Senator Sachs’ parents Anna and Russell Lorts.  The Senator cared for her father in the last years of his life as he suffered from dementia.

Senator Sachs’ parents Anna and Russell Lorts.

 

“We need to make this a priority in the State of Florida,” Senator Sachs said.  “We have more Alzheimer’s patients here than anywhere in the county and that number is expected to rise dramatically in the coming years, so we can’t afford to wait any longer.  We need to invest in research and find a cure for this disease that affects so many Floridians and their families.”

 

 

Hurricane Isaac

Public Safety

This morning, about 75,000 residents in Palm Beach and Broward Counties were without power after Tropical Storm Isaac swept through our area knocking down some trees and power lines and dropping nearly ten inches of rain.
I have been in contact with Emergency Management officials in Broward and Palm Beach, and fortunately, they tell me that damage is minimal and flooding is limited to low-lying areas.

As your State Senator and Vice Chair of the Senate Domestic Security Committee, your safety is always my first priority.  Please remember that our area is still under a flood watch and wind advisory through this evening and we should continue to take proper precautions.

While I understand crews are working to restore power and clear debris, many of you may still need assistance.  Please know that I stand ready to help in any way I can.  Please do not hesitate to call my office.

 

 

Emergency Management Divisions

Broward County: Dial 311

Palm Beach County: 561-712-6400

 

 

Stay Safe,

Senator Sachs

Vice Chair of the Senate
Domestic Security Committee

No Texting While Driving

“As your state senator, I am committed to filing- and passing- a bill that will ban texting while driving.  Florida is currently one of the only states without this law on the books, and we cannot play politics with our safety anymore.”

 

If elected, Maria’s key priority is to make our roads safer for our children and our senior citizens. One of the most distracting things a person can do is text while driving- thus endangering her/himself and others on the road. The US Department of Transportation has found that the risk of crashing while texting and driving increases 23 times, because reading/sending a text diverts the driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds – the same as driving the length of a football field, blind, at 55mph.

 

Senator Sachs on the Senate floor advocating for her bill that bans texting while driving.

Senator Sachs on the Senate floor advocating for her bill that bans texting while driving.

 
Thirty-two states have passed laws that ban texting while driving.  Florida needs to join them. Maria introduced legislation during the 2012 Legislative Session that would have banned drivers from typing on any wireless communication device and if elected – she will continue to fight for these life-saving measures.

 

 

 

 Further Information

A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control confirms that texting while driving is a national epidemic among our youth.  The study found that more than half of high school seniors admitted that they send text messages or emails while behind […]

Update to Homeowners Insurance Workshop

Homeowners Insurance Workshop

Homeowner's Insurance

Join Senator Maria Sachs for a community workshop on homeowners insurance.  

Receive straight-forward answers on all insurance questions directly from experts in the insurance field.  Be sure to bring your policies.

When: Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Time:   5:30-7:00 pm

Where: Jarvis Hall

4501 N. Ocean Blvd., Lauderdale-By-The-Sea

The event is free and open to the public.

Participants will include:

 

·      Florida Association for Insurance Reform Executive Director Jay Neal

·      Attorney with the Merlin Law Group and Founder, Policyholders of Florida Sean Shaw

·      Van Ameringen’s Insurance and Financial Service’s President Len Turesky

 
Limited seating.  To reserve a spot, email Baer.Rebecca.S30@FLSenate.gov

or call (561) 279-1427.
Refreshments will be served.

 

 

 
 

 

 

Property Insurance: A Storm Brewing

The most important asset most Americans own is their home. The thought of your insurance company not having the funds to cover property losses is scary enough, but becomes an nightmare during the middle of hurricane season. Today, Floridians who have Citizen’s Insurance need to be informed of the truth behind the financial liquidity of the insurance company of last resort.

Insurance is one of the issues that the legislature controls, and is one of the top issues that affects my district, especially the coastal communities and those who live east of I95.

For this reason, I am hosting a workshop, not a political forum, but an opportunity to talk directly with insurance experts on the best insurance coverage for your particular needs and budget. I invite all homeowners, as well as business owners, to bring their policies with them as they will have an opportunity to discuss their particular insurance needs directly with the experts.

Our first workshop will be held in Lauderdale by the Sea, the second in Pompano Beach. All will be hosted by the mayors of those cities.
Contact my office to set up one for your city or HOA today.

 

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Another Child Dies: Shame on Us!

Haile Brockington, Dominicue “Pa-Pa” Andrews, and now  Jordan Coleman.  These are the names of three precious children whose lives were tragically cut short when they perished after being left behind in a hot child care van in the sweltering Florida heat.  Had the State Legislature put politics aside and acted on behalf of our children, they would still be alive today.  For the last two sessions, I have introduced a bill named for Haile, the little girl who died after being left in a van by her daycare provider in Delray Beach two years ago.  The bill requires all child care vans to be equipped with safety alarms prompting drivers to check the vehicle before locking up.  It passed unanimously in the Senate, but was blocked in the House.  The Florida Child Care Management Association lobbied successfully against its passage.  Since then, every summer another child dies.  Isn’t it time that we looked out for the interests of our children rather than the interests of lobbying groups?  I remain committed to protecting our most vulnerable, so that another child doesn’t die needlessly like Haile, “Pa-Pa,” and Jordan.

First Purple Heart Day in Tallahassee

Please take a moment to read about Tallahassee’s inaugural Purple Heart Day celebration, naming August 7th as Annual Day of Honor for Florida’s Purple Heart Recipients through legislation sponsored myself and Delray Democrats:

http://capitalsoup.com/2012/08/07/senator-maria-sachs-celebrates-first-purple-heart-day-in-capitol/