Often and justifiably, we focus on the bad guys in this environmental and economic disaster. But it’s also important for Floridians to know who the good guys are. This week we’re highlighting another Everglades champion: State Senator Jose Javier Rodriguez, (affectionately known as JJR).
Whether at home in Miami-Dade or at the State Capitol, donning his trademark rainboots, Senator Rodriguez keeps Florida’s environment and the challenges we face with climate change front and center. JJR realizes sea level rise isn't just an issue of critical importance to Miamians, but for all Floridians. He also recognizes that a hydrated and healthy Everglades is key to fighting saltwater intrusion as a result of sea level rise.
An Eagle Scout (well, of course he was!) and time in the Peace Corps filled his early years, JJR has spent his political career eschewing special interests. As a State House Rep, he introduced legislation to limit deep injection wells. In the State Senate, he's introduced legislation to force polluters to clean up their own mess; legislation to ban permitting of oil and gas wells in the Everglades; and legislation that would force developers to assess sea level rise in construction planning.
In 2017, when Jeff Clemens, Democratic Senate Minority Leader, blocked every effort to pass SB10 - the legislation for the critical reservoir in the EAA, one Democrat, in particular, stood solid on the Senate floor.Read more