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Keeping $200 Million Coming for Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades a Major Scott Priority

March 26, 2019 - 7:15am
Rick Scott in Naples Monday
Rick Scott in Naples Monday

Sen. Rick Scott visited the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples Monday to highlight his Fighting for Florida budget agenda, which includes a more than $200 million investment to protect Lake Okeechobee and the Florida Everglades.

Scott said he will work with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to secure a $200 million investment to continue work on restoring the Everglades and South Florida’s ecosystem. This funding will build on the more than $2 billion he invested as governor. Scott has pledged to keep working to make sure Florida’s natural resources are preserved so the state can remain a top destination for families, visitors and businesses.

Florida's junior senator emphasized that people from across the world come to Florida because of the state’s natural beauty. Over his eight years as governor, he championed record funding and investments in the Everglades, Florida’s springs, beaches and state parks.

As governor, Sen. Scott announced his goal of fixing the Herbert Hoover Dike by 2022 and secured $100 million in state funds to speed up repairs to the federally-operated dike. Fixing the dike is crucial for water quality in the Everglades and surrounding estuaries, and will help curb the algae blooms that have significantly impacted Florida’s waterways. In fact, last year he helped secure $514 million from the Trump Administration and Congress to fully fund those dike repairs by the target 2022 date.

He said these repairs are currently on schedule, but the funding must be protected to finish the project and provide real results for families and communities surrounding Lake Okeechobee.

Scott’s Fighting for Florida budget agenda details specific priorities the senator plans to fight for in this year’s Congressional budget and appropriations.

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In 1997, Scott was pressured to resign as CEO of Columbia/HCH after the company was accused of defrauding government healthcare programs including Medicare and Medicaid. The company eventually settled with the Department of Justice for a record $1.74 billion. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Why would anyone think after a life of fraud and scamming he won't get his multi-million cut now?

Scott has the same top three priorities that Trump has: Me, Myself, and I.

Don’t vote Dum2020 vote Republican!

It will never be enough. Just watch as the issue becomes a Republican bashing biggie at the next election cycle. Oh you wont have long to wait they will begin the mud slinging for 2020 soon enough!!!

The fight is very likely to go beyond "mud slinging" in 2020.

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