Scott signs Legacy Florida bill for environmental funding

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NAPLES, Fla.- Up to $200 million will be dedicated in funding for Everglades restoration through a bill signed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday.

The bill also includes up to $50 million for Florida springs and $5 million for Lake Apopka, according to the governor’s office.

“This legislation will continue our commitment to protecting Florida’s environment so future generations can enjoy all that Florida has to offer,” Scott said during the ceremonial signing at the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Collier County.

“The restoration of Lake Okeechobee, the Indian River Lagoon, and the Everglades is a major concern for all of Southwest Florida,” said Rep. Matt Caldwell. “With the passage of Legacy Florida, we are taking steps to solve those concerns by creating a dedicated funding stream with the sole purpose of protecting the health of the Everglades.”

The Legacy Florida bill will take effect on July 1.


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