Floridians can begin to see some hope for environmental issues as our Gov is settling in on many of the problems that face our states natural well-being.
In Aug this year;Gov. Rick Scott said that Florida will file a lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court to halt what he says is the unchecked and growing consumption of water by Georgia. The governor's announcement in Apalachicola followed a U.S. Senate field hearing on the dispute over the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river system. And the announcement came a day after U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker declared a commercial fishery failure for the oyster fishery along the west coast of Florida (http://www.thefloridacurrent.com/article.cfmid=34049070&utm_source=lt_us...).
Also Gov. Rick Scott said that he is committing $40 million to finish the construction on a storm water treatment project by the St. Lucie River that he hopes will help ease the environmental impact of water being released from nearby waterways.
The governor made his announcement after a tour of the river that began with him being met by several dozen demonstrators who chanted and held signs like "Stop mucking up our river." The protesters claim that both the federal and state governments had been slow to offer assistance.
Scott said he believes the $40 million from the state will speed the completion of the project, which he said will protect the water quality in the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries. The project was supposed to be completed in three years, but Scott said this funding should cut it down to about 18 months.Sen. Joe Negron (R-Stuart) said that it was "past the time for talking" about how to clean up the situation. "We have a crisis in our community, we have an environmental emergency and what I want to focus my attention on from now until the beginning of the year is what things can we do short-term to lower the amount of water pouring in to our community," he said (http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/state/gov-rick-scott-commits-40-million-to-...).
Jon Costello, a former lobbyist in the Scott administration and policy advisor to his 2010 campaign, said Scott genuinely believes that the environment needs to be protected, without onerous regulations, so that the Florida can remain a great place to live. Costello's lobbying clients now include Associated Industries of Florida. Costello, who was appointed by Scott last year to the Northwest Florida Water Management District board, said the governor now has a state budget with revenues that are recovering along with the economy, and that allows for more investments in environmental projects."I think it's really easy for the people who don't care for the governor to throw stones and say it (recent environmental announcements) is either political or it's not enough," Costello said. "But they've not been in the position where he has been taking the state from double-digit unemployment and making difficult decisions about where to spend" state money.
And even further south during a stop in Fort Myers,Gov. Rick Scott says the state will spend $90 million to further hydrate the Everglades and help lessen water woes plaguing southwest Florida. Scott announced a plan to construct a 2.5-mile bridge on Tamiami Trail in Miami-Dade County. A similar 1-mile bridge opened in March on the same 10-mile stretch. (http://www.thefloridacurrent.com/article.cfm?id=34248809&utm_source=lt_u...)
Regardless of political affiliations, the environment needs help from those that continue to destroy it, mitigation to repair and adaptation to prepare need to be everyone's concern as it becomes an equation of pay me now or pay me much more for clean-up and then adaptation later. Lets be done with those environmental criminals that are pure short-sighted greedy entities of corporate mentality and hold them as responsible as war criminals for the atrocities on our dear Mother Earth.
Peace and Love