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FL - Florida House backs bipartisan bill to spend $100 million a year on sea-level rise projects

“We can’t wait any longer.”

With bipartisan support, a House panel Monday gave initial approval to a plan to address flooding and sea-level rise in Florida, including spending up to $100 million a year on projects.

“We know right here in this committee that it’s time to act,” bill sponsor Demi Busatta Cabrera, R-Coral Gables, said before the House Environment, Agriculture & Flooding Subcommittee unanimously approved the measure (PCB EAF 21-02). “We can’t wait any longer.”

House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, has made the bill a priority and issued a statement after the vote saying the “success of our state is inextricably connected to the proper management of water.”

The bill includes several initiatives, including setting up a three-year Statewide Flooding and Sea Level Rise Resilience Plan that the Department of Environmental Protection would update annually.

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