Rep. Fine proposes legislation - with penalties and funding - to assist Indian River Lagoon

Florida Rep. Randy Fine on Friday filed a bill for the upcoming state legislative session that provides $50 million in annual state matching funds for Indian River Lagoon rehabilitation projects.

Fine's measure also calls for "dramatic increases" in the fines for illegal raw sewage spills, which, if passed, could impact municipalities and force them to upgrade sewer and drainage infrastructure or suffer a big financial hit.

This legislation is also being introduced in the Senate by Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota.

“There is no issue more important to the future of Brevard County than restoring the Indian River Lagoon,” Fine, R-Palm Bay, said in a statement Friday after announcing his legislation.

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