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Environment

Rick Scott for Florida

June 10, 2014

From our sandy beaches, to our freshwater springs, to Americans Everglades, Florida’s natural resources define this state and are an important part of our economy and the quality of life of Florida’s Families.  For that reason, Governor Scott is committed to providing significant funding to protect and restore our natural resources and to using sound science – not politics – to guide his environmental agenda.

Now with his “Let’s Keep Florida Beautiful” plan, Governor Scott is proposing a $1 billion investment in Florida’s waters – $500 million for alternative water supply and $500 million for springs restoration. This plan also commits to continuing the Governor’s efforts for Everglades restoration and allow the Department of Environmental Protection to issue tougher penalties for polluters and bad actors.

  • Governor Scott worked with the federal government and the environmental and agricultural communities to create and fund an $880 million plan to provide clean water to the Everglades.
  • Under Governor Scott, the State Budget included more money for Everglades restoration than under Charlie Crist and included the highest state appropriation ever for Everglades restoration.
  • Governor Scott helped to secure more than $23 million to protect the oyster fishery in the Apalachicola Bay.
  • Governor Scott provided more than $40 million for springs restoration, which, with local matching investments, is expected to fund more than $100 million in projects. Governor Crist’s administration invested less than $8 million in springs restoration.
  • Governor Scott provided $100 million to protect the waters and reefs surrounding the Florida Keys. The Crist administration invested nothing in wastewater grants for the Keys.
  • Governor Scott secured the second largest conservation easement in the state’s history – over 21,000 acres.

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