DeSantis Orders Billions For Everglades Restoration & SFWMD Board To Quit

Governor Ron DeSantis wants a fresh start at the South Florida Water Management District.  

He sent letters to all board members, asking for their resignations, just months after another toxic algae crisis on the Treasure Coast.  

The announcement came during a Thursday news conference in Stuart where the governor made a stop to discuss his major water policy reforms, which include an executive order for state agencies to work together to secure $2.5 billion to help restore the Everglades.  

DeSantis cites Republican Congressman Brian Mast, who called on the board to resign last month after members approved a lease for Florida Crystals without advance notice to the public on land designated to be used for a storage reservoir aimed at curbing future blue-green algae blooms.

As part of an executive order signed by the governor, a task force will be established that is charged with speeding up the progress toward reversing the negative effects of blue-green algae blooms.

DeSantis is also ordering the creation of an Office of Environmental Accountability and Transparency and he is appointing a Chief Science Officer for the state of Florida.


Photo: Office of Gov. Ron DeSantis

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