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Rick Scott Showcases Record on Protecting Springs

August 16, 2018 - 12:15pm
Rick Scott
Rick Scott

On Thursday Gov. Rick Scott showcased his record in protecting Florida’s springs with more than $450 million used to fund them during his two terms in Tallahassee. 

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) sent a proposal to the Legislature to use $50 million to protect 35 springs across the state with $32 million of that used for sewer and septic projects.

The governor weighed in on the matter on Thursday as he supported the proposal. 

“Florida’s springs are one of our state’s most pristine natural treasures, which is why I’ve fought for record funding,” Scott said. “Every dollar that we’re investing in these projects preserves our iconic springs and helps ensure that we are protecting Florida’s entire environment. I will never stop fighting for our springs and waterways.”

Scott also noted that he has funded spring protection more than any other governor in Florida history, pointing to his support of the Legacy Florida bill to help springs back in 2016 and his administration acquiring more than 10,000 acres of land around springs. 

DEP Secretary Noah Valenstein also made the case for springs protection on Thursday.  

“The health of Florida’s springs is critical to our state’s environment, economy and communities,” Valenstein said. “Thanks to Governor Scott and the Legislature, we continue to make record investments in projects to protect these amazing natural resources. We look forward to the Legislative Budget Commission approving this restoration plan that will allow us to continue to partner with Florida’s water management districts and local communities to protect our springs.”

Scott faces term limits this year. He is currently running for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., in November and is expected to easily win the GOP primary at the end of the month. 

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That's great, no mention that he decimated the environmental budgets and SWFWMD for years, and now throws a few crumbs to the springs in an election year, same thing he did with the schools, gutted them, then turned around and claimed record funding after including all the safety enhancements and charter school money in his totals. The sad thing is that idiots from everywhere but here continue to vote for this midwestern fool...sad what our beautiful FL has become thanks to all the non-natives, especially this ass hat...

funny Scott is trying to tout his springs protection now. For SEVEN years he has continuously defunded conservation efforts for the springs, interceded in administrative actions against alleged water quality violators to force state enforcement staff to ignore proven science in order to grant permits that favor big ag and developers. He has tried to silence his critics by ordering the firing of state water management staff whose scientific opinions did not favor possible violators. I've witnessed this personally from within the water management agencies. Any vote for Scott is a vote to allow him to take his show to DC and continue to ruin the water and beauty of this country.

Governor Scott! Famous climate change denier, defunder of popular conservation programs, the man who pretended to stand against off shore drilling in Florida. This man is an environmental disaster for Florida and the United States. If you only care a little bit about Florida’s fragile ecosystem, don’t vote for this fraud and charlatan.

Balance this against the approximately $500-700 million per year he cut from the water management districts over the last seven years (~$3.5 billion), and the lost of Forever Florida funds (pre-2008 about $300 million per year, or ~$2.1 billion) over those same seven years . . . . . . . . . . which numbers are larger? . . . . . . . . the GOP (and Gov. Scott's) strategy of bragging about the environmental funding damage they've accomplished under Governor Scott's administration . . . . . . . . . . . . . PATHETIC . . .

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