in the Governor’s budget are important because they serve as a demonstration of
the Governor’s support to the State Legislators in the House and Senate, when
they consider funding for Florida Keys’ land and water in their own budgets.
Monroe and its municipal partners are advocating for a $20 million
appropriation for water quality projects, but the Governor’s $10 million
recommendation serves as an important placeholder.
thankful that Governor Scott continues to support the Keys in our effort to
restore canals, collect storm water and do projects that enhance the water
quality of the nearshore waters, which are critically important to the Keys’
economy and environmentally sensitive marine resources,” Mayor Pro Tem David
County also is appreciative of the efforts of Sen. Anitere Flores and Rep.
Holly Raschein, who led the passage of the Florida Keys Stewardship Act last
year and are now spearheading the appropriation efforts this year.
recommendations in the Governor’s budget are a good first step. The next move is
in the hands of the State Legislature. The Florida Keys Stewardship Act
dedicates an annual $5 million “carve out” in Florida Forever funding for land
acquisition and authorizes appropriations for water quality projects located in
the Florida Keys.
Legislature has been a good partner to Monroe County, and we’re hopeful they
will continue to support the Florida Keys,” Monroe County Mayor George Neugent
said. “We will continue to work with our Senator and Representative and our
municipal partners to make the case for the full $20 million appropriation
based on the tremendous environmental and economic value of protecting the
pristine waters of the Florida Keys.”
Here are the
recommendations in Gov. Scott’s budget released today:
1552 FIXED CAPITAL OUTLAY LAND
ENVIRONMENTALLY ENDANGERED, UNIQUE/ IRREPLACEABLE
FROM FLORIDA FOREVER TRUST
FUND . . 15,156,206
Funds in Specific Appropriation 1552 shall be used for land
acquisition projects on the approved Acquisition and Restoration Council’s
priority list pursuant to section 259.105, Florida Statutes. From the funds in
Specific Appropriation 1552, $5,000,000 from the Florida Forever Trust Fund is
provided for land acquisition for the Florida Keys Area of Critical State
Concern pursuant to section 259.045, Florida Statutes.
1608 GRANTS AND AIDS TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
AND NONSTATE ENTITIES –
FIXED CAPITAL OUTLAY GRANTS AND AIDS - FLORIDA KEYS
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND .
. . . . 10,000,000
Funds in Specific Appropriation 1608 are provided to the
Department of Environmental Protection to be distributed in accordance with the
existing interlocal agreement among the Village of Islamorada, the Key Largo
Wastewater Treatment District, the City of Marathon, the Monroe County/Florida
Keys Aqueduct Authority, the City of Key West, and Key Colony Beach, for the
purposes of implementing stormwater collection and treatment systems; canal
restoration and muck remediation projects; and projects that protect and
enhance water supply and quality in the Florida Keys Area of Critical State
Concern and the City of Key West Area of Critical State Concern.