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ENVIRONMENT

Governor Scott has made historic strides to help preserve and protect Florida’s treasures for generations to come. Join our team today.

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People from across the world come to Florida because of the state’s beautiful natural treasures, and over the past seven years, Governor Scott has made historic strides to help preserve and protect these treasures for generations to come. Since 2011, investments to preserve Florida’s environment and protect the state’s iconic beaches, pristine springs and the Florida Everglades have increased by nearly $1 billion.

Governor Scott also fought to protect Florida’s coastline by getting Florida removed from consideration for offshore oil drilling and securing millions of dollars in state funding to help local governments with coastal resilience projects and sea level rise planning.

For years, Governor Scott called on the federal government to live up to their commitment to repair the federal Herbert Hoover Dike at Lake Okeechobee, but when Congress failed to act, Governor Scott fought for and secured $50 million in state funding to speed up repairs to the Herbert Hoover Dike – becoming the first Florida governor to invest state dollars to expedite repairs to this federal project. The following year, Governor Scott secured an additional $50 million in state funds to further expedite this process, bringing the state’s total investment to $100 million. Governor Scott also signed legislation to expedite the EAA Reservoir.

While red tide is a naturally occurring algae that has been documented along Florida’s Gulf Coast since the 1840’s, Governor Scott has fought to help support families, communities, and job creators affected by red tide. Governor Scott declared a state of emergency due to impacts of red tide and has directed $13 million in grant funding for communities impacted by red tide and blue-green algae. This is in addition to the $1.2 million announced for FWC’s redfish hatchery, $100,000 for Mote Marie Laboratory’s red tide response, and $500,000 for VISIT FLORIDA to create an emergency grant program to assist local tourism development boards in counties affected by the naturally-occurring red tide.

As Senator, Governor Scott will tirelessly work to ensure strategic investments are made to preserve the environment for Florida’s children, future residents and visitors.

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