DeSantis Signs Executive Order, $2.5 billion for Water Recovery

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Governor Ron DeSantis came to Southwest Florida Thursday morning to announce a new executive order that will bring major changes to Florida’s environmental policies. He made his first stop to announce the new plans at Florida Gulf Coast University Vester Marine and Environmental Science Research Field Station in Bonita Springs with area elected officials and water advocates present. The executive order includes $2.5 billion over the next four years for Everglades restoration and water resource protection; the establishment of a Blue-Green Algae Task Force; creation of the Office of Environmental Accountability and a Chief Science Officer; and Instructions to the South Florida Water Management District to immediately begin the next phase of the Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoir Project. Full story in next week’s issue and online.