BUDGET INCREASE TO TACKLE FLORIDA RED TIDE AND BLUE GREEN ALGAE
It’s no secret the state of Florida has had issues that’s affected our waterways. In a state known for beautiful beaches and tropical waters and a large tourist industry among others this a problem that needs to be addressed head on. While these aren’t new with some problems dating back for as long as records have been kept this pass year was especially troubling. It is true that at this moment things have improved considerably but long-term they won’t go away without investing in real solutions.
To that end Florida’s new governor Ron DeSantis who ran on a campaign making a priority of tackling these water related problems has recommended the following priorities.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis released his budget recommendations on Friday and has proposed a significant amount of money to tackle issues important to Florida’s Realtors and homeowners.
His recommendations include a variety of Realtor priorities, such as high levels of environmental funding and full funding for affordable housing projects.
“Realtors should be very excited by what we’re seeing in the governor’s budget recommendations,”
says Florida Realtors President Eric Sain…
“We haven’t seen full funding from the housing trust funds in over a decade, and he is recommending $625 million for projects that fight things like red tide and toxic algae. These are some serious numbers that can help address some of Florida’s biggest issues.”
Notable Realtor-priority highlights of the governor’s budget recommendations
Environment and water issues: $625 million for environmental spending, which includes $360 million for 22 Everglades water restoration projects, $25 million to combat red tide and toxic algae coming out of Lake Okeechobee, $125 million for various water quality improvements, and $50 million for springs restoration.