Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan

FL - Everglades Restoration - It's not a food fight, it's a water fight

I have lived in Naples for more than 35 years, where I’ve raised three children and managed my landscape architecture business. My husband, a Naples native, and his family have run The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club since 1946. I’ve been involved in conservation issues in Southwest Florida for decades and I am proud to serve on the Board of Directors of The Everglades Foundation.

I also like to eat. Our resort, in fact, has 4 restaurants. Like everyone in Collier County, I appreciate the contributions that generations of farmers and ranchers have made to our local economy. I even like to cook.

That’s why I was so surprised to read my organization described as anti-farming, anti-American extremists out to destroy our food supply (“Opinion: Everglades Foundation efforts threaten to outsource America’s food supply,” by Julia du Plooy, Naples Daily News, May 12).

Let’s bottle the acid, and permit me to set the record straight.

For more than 25 years, The Everglades Foundation has been dedicated to a single mission: to restore America’s most unique ecosystem by moving fresh, clean water south to nourish the Everglades, Florida Bay and the Keys, where water went historically and where it is needed most.

Twenty years ago, we spearheaded enactment of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, the largest water restoration project ever undertaken in the United States. This bipartisan legislation, written after years of collaboration by scientists, engineers, policymakers and stakeholders at the federal, state and local level, is a multi-generational effort to protect and preserve 18,000 square miles of land sprawling over Collier and 15 other counties.

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