This year we've been laser-focused on the change we need to realize Everglades restoration, specifically the EAA reservoir. We've seen some solid wins, but more is needed.
Recently, Governor DeSantis announced that he will seek $625 million in recurring funding for the next three years for Everglades restoration and protection of Florida’s water resources. This funding will meet the $2.5 billion goal outlined in the Governor’s Bold Vision for a Brighter Future budget. And, just as importantly, Everglades champion Senator Rob Bradley stood with him on behalf of Florida’s legislature. The Governor and key members of the legislature are on the same page about the Everglades. That's an enormous shift!
For decades, we've watched the sugar cartel infiltrate every level of government, keeping their priorities top of mind and running roughshod over the rest of us.
Now, we've got a Governor who gets it and supports the right levels of funding. Key legislators, like Senator Rob Bradley, are standing in support of the Everglades. Florida's congressional delegation pushed hard to make the Everglades a federal budget priority. This is the new status quo.