The 2020 legislative session began in January, and the Florida House of Representatives continues to work hard for the people of Florida and District 93 in Tallahassee. Under the leadership of Speaker of the House Jose Oliva, we will continue tackling environmental issues such as Everglades restoration and sea level rise. A major issue, especially for coastal Broward, will be the rising tides, coastal flooding and increasing the height of
seawalls. Sea level rise is not right or wrong, Republican or Democrat, but rather a scientific fact that we must deal with. We need to be prepared with real solutions to keep salt water from intruding into our drinking water and inland structures. I look forward to all the many things we can accomplish by working together this session.
At the beginning of this Legislative session, Governor Ron DeSantis delivered the State of the State address to a joint session of the Florida Legislature and Floridians everywhere, high-lighting Florida’s strengths while reporting on the promising prospects for the future with the support of the House of Representatives and Senate.
Governor DeSantis said, “In 2019, we took bold steps to expand educational opportunities, protect our environment and natural resources, reform health care, invest in infrastructure and bolster public safety – all while reducing taxes and adding to our budget reserves. While we should look with favor on these bold beginnings, we have much more to do.”
Governor Ron DeSantis also announced that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has reached an agreement with Kanter Real Estate LLC that will allow for the purchase of 20,000 acres of critical wetlands in Water Conservation Area 3 within the Everglades Protection Area located within Broward County. This acquisition would represent the largest wetland acquisition in over a decade. This purchase was one of the Governor’s environmental priorities and shows his continued commitment to Everglades restoration. This significant purchase will permanently save these wetlands from the threat of energy exploration, while protecting Florida’s wildlife habitat. This includes more than 60 endangered and threatened species in the Everglades. “Under the leadership of Governor DeSantis, 2020 is already starting out as a banner year for Everglades restoration,” said South Florida Water Management District Governing Board Chairman Chauncey Goss.
As your State Representative, I am proud of our restoration progress, and I will continue to advocate for Florida’s environment.
It is a tremendous honor to serve you as your State Representative in Tallahassee.