Today, the Florida environment received a big boost of support as the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation voted to pass the South Florida Clean Coastal Waters Act, the measure that expands research and understanding of blue-green algae and red tide, and the Restoring Resilient Reefs Act of 2019 , which reauthorizes and modernizes the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000 “to help restore and protect our nation’s coral reef ecosystems.”
The two bills were introduced by Florida’s Republican U.S. Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio.
“People from across the world come to Florida because of the state’s natural beauty,” stated Scott “During my eight years as Governor, Florida’s annual investments to preserve the environment increased by $1 billion.”
“When I toured the Keys National Marine Sanctuary in February and saw firsthand the devastated condition of our coral reefs, I promised a comprehensive response,” Rubio said. “I applaud the Senate Commerce Committee for approving this bipartisan bill to ensure federal agencies are partnering effectively with state and local governments, as well as the communities who rely on the vitality of these critical habitats. Florida’s Reef Tract is an integral component of the economic and ecological character of Florida, and the Restoring Resilient Reefs Act of 2019 will ensure future generations will be able to enjoy this natural wonder.”