Senator Rick Scott addresses environmental issues affecting Florida

Senator Rick Scott is in Naples on Monday, announcing environmental issues about Lake Okeechobee and the Florida Everglades, at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center.

Scott spoke about restoring the Everglades and making repairs around the dike that surrounds Lake Okeechobee. Both projects are vital to ensuring our water quality.

Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. (Credit: Sen. Rick Scott press release)
Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. (Credit: Sen. Rick Scott press release)

Scott joined with environmental leaders to talk about their concerns about getting these projects funded and completed on a timely schedule. He also pointed his finger at the federal government.

“The biggest challenge is we’re rolling trillion dollar deficit’s here,” Scott said. “What’s ridiculous about a federal government who in their right mind believes we ought to be running trillion dollar deficit year after year.”

While the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Chairman Robert Spottswood said without the money to finish this important work, the results could be disastrous, implying there is a lot at stake.

“The ecosystem of the Everglades,” Spottswood said, “stretches from north of Lake Okeechobee all the way down to dry Tortugas and includes in the coral reef off the Florida Keys.”

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Reporter:Jerrica Valtierra
Writer:Michael Mora
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