Today, Floridians joined their elected officials in the annual celebration of Everglades Day, marking the second year of observance in Tallahassee. The morning kicked off with a press conference at the Capitol Building in which activists, students, and legislators embraced Everglades Action Day in support of restoration projects.
Everglades Action Day signifies the Everglades Coalition’s observance of the annual Everglades Day recognized by the legislature. This special commemoration takes place every year on April 7th, in honor of Everglades
activist Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ birthday. This year, advocates from across the state traveled to Tallahassee to urge legislators’ support for full funding for Everglades restoration in order to ensure a healthy
ecosystem, clean water supply, and a strong economy.
By embracing this annual celebration and commitment to Florida’s Everglades, lawmakers demonstrated their dedication toward solutions for water resources and the Greater Everglades ecosystem.
“Funding the state’s critical water needs is important to reducing the harmful discharges that have damaged our estuaries, and it is an important stride toward protecting the Caloosahatchee River,” stated Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, District 30. “Our beaches, rivers, and estuaries help drive our economy through tourism so we must be diligent in working to protect these precious resources. I will continue to fight actively to make this a reality.”
Legislators highlighted the need to restore historic funding levels for restoration.
“I absolutely and wholeheartedly support continued expansion of Everglades restoration funding and Florida Forever,” affirmed Senator Dwight Bullard, District 39. “We have a responsibility as a state to get this right, ot
only for Floridians now, but for Floridians of the future. So I stand in support of what the Everglades Coalition is doing.”
Joining legislators were Everglades advocates from across the state representing Key West, West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Stuart, Jensen Beach, Naples, St. Petersburg, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Boynton Beach. All displayed overwhelming support for restoration projects for their communities.
“We must stand together at the state, regional, and local levels and support Everglades restoration. Our economy and quality of life in South Florida is dependent upon a healthy environment,” highlighted Jason Totoiu, Everglades Law Center attorney and Everglades Coalition Co-chair. “Moving water south through projects such as the Central Everglades Planning Project is key to rebuilding wildlife habitat, recovering our coastal estuaries and fisheries, and reaffirming our commitment to restoring America’s Everglades.”