Environmental Officials Praise Rick Scott's Environmental Plan
The environment has been a hot topic from both candidates during the 2014 gubernatorial race -- and officials from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection have weighed in to support Gov. Rick Scott for his "Let's Keep Florida Beautiful" environmental plan.
In recent weeks, Scott has honed in on his plan to push environmental protection across the state and has pledged to increase the state's spending on the environment if he is re-elected this year.
"During Scott's first term he has provided record funding to protect Florida's springs, brought divergent groups together to move Everglades restoration forward, and funded key projects to protect the coral reefs of the Florida Keys," said Ron Bergeron, a member of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission who also served on former Gov. CharlieCrist's 2006 Gubernatorial Campaigns Environmental Policy Council. "Gov. Scott's Let's Keep Florida Beautiful plan is yet another step in his leadership on environmental issues and should give hope that our natural resources will be protected for generations to come."
Others took swipes at Crist, who has harshly criticized Scott over environmental issues and called his administration "incompetent" earlier this month.
"To save an ecosystem, you need a plan," saidMichael Collins, former member of Crist 2006 Gubernatorial Campaigns Environmental Policy Council and former member of the South Florida Water Management District."When Charlie Crist took office, there was a science-based, fully funded, comprehensive Everglades restoration plan in place. After four years of Charlie's impulse buying and environmental attention deficit disorder, it lay in ruins."
Collins said Scott would be a better option for the future of the Everglades.
"Rick Scott, in pushing forward with restoration strategies, has taken a giant step toward solving the water quality portion of the puzzle and has committed to using the same, science-based, fiscally sound approach to the rest of the problem," he said. "The Everglades won't survive another attack of Charlie Crist environmental populism."
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