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DeSantis seeks $625 million for everglades, water efforts

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (NSF) - Water protection and restoration projects, including the fight against red tide and the continued cleanup of the Everglades, will account for $625 million of a proposed budget that Gov. Ron DeSantis said he will roll out Friday for state lawmakers to consider.

DeSantis on Tuesday outlined part of his environmental budget proposal during an appearance at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center in Naples. He also named Chauncey Goss and Ron Bergeron to the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board.

DeSantis earlier this month announced plans to pump $2.5 billion over the next four years into water-resource projects --- a $1 billion increase from the past four years.

“I think it’s something that Floridians from all walks of lives and political persuasions think needs to be done,” DeSantis said.

The proposal introduced Tuesday did not address the Florida Forever land-preservation program or coastal protections.

“There will more environmental budget items that we will roll out. This is just one piece of that,” DeSantis said. “All in all, I think we’re on the right track.”

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