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EDITORIAL: DeSantis (Quietly) Acknowledges Threat Sea-Level Rise Poses to Florida

This is whole new tone for a governor's office that told Floridians, basically, that we couldn't afford to both create jobs and protect the environment.

(TNS) - After eight years of Gov. Rick Scott degrading science and dismissing climate change, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday he will appoint a chief science officer to deal with "current and emerging environmental concerns most pressing to Floridians."

This welcome turnaround came just two days after DeSantis' swearing-in, in an executive order that also calls for $2.5 billion in Everglades restoration, creates a task force on blue-green toxic algae and instructs the South Florida Water Management District to immediately start the next phase of the reservoir project south of Lake Okeechobee.

In addition to the chief science officer's remit to "coordinate and prioritize scientific data, research, monitoring and analysis" on Florida's environment, the order also creates an Office of Environmental Accountability and Transparency "charged with corralling scientific research and data "to ensure that all agency actions are aligned with key environmental priorities."

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