Last month, Gov. Rick Scott told Naples supporters of the Everglades Foundation that his administration, “is absolutely focused on making sure the right thing happens with the Everglades.”
Last week, Gov. Scott demonstrated his commitment by recommending to the Legislature that it invest $40 million next year on Everglades restoration. This is a significant increase. In Scott’s first budget he recommended spending only $17 million. Legislative leaders increased that amount to $29.95 million.
“We know Gov. Scott has to face tough choices in making his budget recommendations,” said Kirk Fordham, Everglades Foundation CEO. “The fact that Gov. Scott is willing to more than double his previous request for Everglades funding, demonstrates his understanding that protecting the Everglades and our water supply is a necessary ingredient to growing our state’s economy.”
“We are encouraged by Gov. Scott’s effort to prioritize Everglades restoration. We would also ask the Legislature to join Gov. Scott in funding this initiative.”