Turtles, tourism and wage recovery
If you haven’t noticed lately, Fort Lauderdale Beach is loaded with 522 turtle nests--up 25 percent over last year with more nesting time to go.
One in five nests is marked with wooden stakes covering 60 feet. The rest are marked similarly at 10 feet. Every morning, turtle surveyors are on the beach marking new nests and plotting GPS coordinates. Once the four miles of beach is covered, then city employees can clean the beach and remove roughly 15 tons of seaweed each day thanks to a permit and a lot of coordination.
What we know is that the turtles have been on the endangered species list for decades and conservation is working. The goal is to get to sustainable numbers and remove them from the list. Just when that will happen is unknown.
In the meantime, your Chamber has created a workgroup called Friends of the Beach. We are interested in balancing conservation needs with our number one economic engine—tourism. Over the next few months, Friends of the Beach will be finding solutions for lighting, nest coverings, dune development, beach grooming, and a host of other related issues. Stay tuned.
Another issue that is quickly approaching relates to the Broward County Commission’s intent to create a wage recovery law which is being called “wage theft”. On Tuesday, August 28, beginning at 2:00 pm at the County Commission meeting, your Chamber will testify in opposition to this ordinance simply because it is not needed.
Current law provides the appropriate remedy for an employee to recover wages from an employer who has not paid what is due. For example, an employee denied wages may have a cause of action in state or federal court under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA), Florida’s Minimum Wage Act, Florida’s constitution, or as a common law breach of contract. State and federal laws also provide a means to recover legal fees and costs that a person might incur in seeking unpaid wages. They also provide protection for the employee against retaliation.
You can help us defeat this unnecessary piece of legislation by calling your county commissioner prior to August 28 and ask them to vote no on the proposed ordinance.