Public Policy

Senator Negron Amendments Improve SB 10 REMAIN ALERT

April 06, 2017

Senator Negron's bill to expedite construction of a water treatment reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee was greatly improved by recent amendments.  Provisions completely unrelated to construction of the reservoir, which were opposed by FNPS, have been removed, and existing state owned lands south of the Lake are now targeted for reservoir development.  FNPS is grateful to Senator Negron for pursuing the amendments and once again is supportive of passing SB 10. As now written, the legislation would benefit the Everglades, Florida Bay, and the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee estuaries, without compromising the future of Florida Forever.

Of course, the amendments were introduced during a committee meeting and the full bill has yet to voted on by the full Senate, so it could still be amended in ways that would concern FNPS.  The House has not acted on their bill, so they could also be the source of harmful amendments with several weeks remaining in the legislative session.  Stay tuned for updates on the status of this important bill.  In the meantime, let Senator Negron know you appreciate the changes made to the bill by phoning his office at (850)219-1665,  or you can email him at .

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