For Immediate Release
Sarah Bascom, 850.294.6636, sarah@bascomllc.
Kelsey Swithers, 941.400.8183, kelsey@
Everglades Foundation Statement on FY2019-20 General Appropriations Act
Palmetto Bay, Fla. – As Florida lawmakers consider and debate the General Appropriations Act (GAA) for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 in preparation for passage tomorrow, marking the end of the 2019 Legislative Session, the Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg today released the following statement regarding the environmental funding contained in the GAA.
“Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has proven himself from Day One to be a leader for the State of Florida – one that gets results. Governor DeSantis requested $625 million for Everglades and clean water initiatives, and the Legislature delivered an environmental budget exceeding that request. Governor DeSantis also called for $2.5 billion in environmental funding over the next four years. Thank you, Governor DeSantis, for being a stalwart for Florida’s environment and providing clear and distinct direction at a time when our environment was in need.
“I also want to thank the Florida Legislature for funding pivotal environmental and water projects in our state. The Legislature truly came together this session to support Everglades restoration and the protection of our water resources. I commend their hard work and commitment to our one-of-a-kind water resources.
“This is a critical amount of funding that prioritizes Florida’s unique environment, including the Everglades, and tackles the problems of blue-green algae and red tide. The significant and positive impacts this funding will have throughout the state will be far-reaching and felt by all those who have long asked for the environmental stewardship that we have seen this legislative session by our state’s leaders.”
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About The Everglades Foundation
The Everglades Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to leading efforts to restore and protect the greater Everglades ecosystem. Since its founding in 1993 by a group of local outdoor enthusiasts, the Foundation has become a respected and important advocate for the sustainability of one of the world’s most unique ecosystems. For more information, please visit EvergladesFoundation.org