Rick Scott Signs Everglades Restoration Funding into Law
On Tuesday, at a ceremony in West Palm Beach, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law HB 7065, sponsored by Rep. Matt Caldwell, R-Lehigh Acres, to provide $32 million a year to fund Everglades restoration.
“I was proud to work with state, local and federal officials to create the $880 million Everglades Restoration Plan, which will ensure we’re doing what it takes to protect and properly manage our nation’s most delicate natural treasure,” Scott said on Tuesday. “In this session alone, we’ll invest $70 million for supporting the Everglades – and by signing HB 7065, we’ll provide $32 million in recurring dollars for the Everglades, which is a huge win for Florida’s environment.”
“Governor Scott did a great job in working with all stakeholders to create the $880 million Everglades restoration plan – and our job is now to fund it,” Caldwell said. “By providing $32 million annually for the Everglades, we’re doing our part in supporting this world-renowned ecosystem, which provides limitless benefits to our state and nation.”
“I was proud to work with Governor Scott to provide $32 million in annual funding to support Florida’s Everglades,” said Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-New Port Richey. “These dollars will help protect, restore and create a more sustainable ecosystem for this natural treasure.”