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SCCF shares priorities with Lee County Legislative Delegation

By SCCF - | Jan 6, 2021

SCCF SCCF Environmental Policy Director James Evans presents to the county delegation.

On Dec. 16, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Environmental Policy Director James Evans presented the organization’s legislative priorities at the Lee County Legislative Delegation meeting at Florida Southwestern State College.

The priorities for 2021 include:

– Support for conservation through dedicated funding for the Florida Forever.

– Ecosystem restoration with support for full funding of the C-34 West Basin Reservoir with a water quality treatment component, support to prioritize and expedite the funding for the Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir and Stormwater Treatment Area, and funding for the Lake Hicpochee Phase III Project.

– Water quality projects, such as updating statewide stormwater standards, reinstatement of the Works of the District (source pollution control projects), and opposing the M-CORES toll road project.

– Implementation of recommendations from the Blue-Green Algae Task Force and continued funding and research for FWC’s Harmful Algae Bloom Task Force, which includes red tide.

– Protection of home rule and funding of the Sanibel Phase 4 Sewer Expansion Project.

Interim legislative committee meetings began on Jan. 11, with the formal 60-day legislative session beginning on March 2 and ending on April 30.

“Advocating for our priorities in Tallahassee will be modified due to the pandemic and the expected loss of state sales tax revenue from decreased spending,” SCCF Environmental Policy Assistant Holly Schwartz said. “There also will also be limited in-person meetings and COVID-19 testing requirements that will change the way we communicate with our legislators.”

SCCF will post to its Legislative Tracker to provide the public with updates and ways to engage legislators to support the issues important to conserving and preserving the natural systems.