Since becoming Governor of Florida in the 2018 midterm election, Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has prioritized the environment. 2020 looks like it won’t be any different as DeSantis announced this week that an agreement had been reached to acquire 20,000 acres of critical Everglades wetlands.
The purchase is the largest acquisition of wetland area in a decade, and it will permanent save the land from harmful effects of oil drilling.
The deal was reached between the Florida Department of Environmental Protection with Kanter Real Estate LLC. The acres are in Water Conservation Area 3 in Broward County.
In a statement, Governor DeSantis reminded that “one of my administration’s top environmental priorities has been expediting Everglades restoration.”
As a result, the DeSantis administration has taken “another step in the right direction by reaching this agreement between DEP and Kanter Real Estate that will allow for the purchase of 20,000 acres of critical wetlands.”
With the purchase, it “will permanently save these lands from oil drilling,” and the Governor highlighted that he is “proud of our progress” but also realizes that “this is just the beginning.”
As a result, he vowed to “continue to fight every day for the Everglades and Florida’s environment.”
Governor DeSantis has received bipartisan support regarding his environmental efforts, and last year he was listed as one of the most successful Governors in the United States.