Rubio puts conservation at the top of its priority list


When Florida secured over $9 million in funding for coral reef and Everglades restoration, there was a seemingly unlikely hero standing up for the environment.

Since taking office in 2011, US Senator Marco Rubio has fought for Florida’s environmental and conservation needs. Our Florida Everglades, coral reefs, coastlines, and aquatic infrastructure are stronger because of Rubio’s dedication and leadership in working with our Florida delegation to Congress. In addition to the funding he already voted for, he requested an additional $725 million for the fiscal year 2022 budget and $1.5 billion in funding for South Florida Ecosystem Restoration and restoration of the Everglades. Rubio even championed the Resilient Reef Restoration Act, which would establish a coral reef task force to ensure the protection of these vital ecosystems.

Rubio is a fellow Floridian – born and raised in Miami, one of four children of Cuban immigrants who arrived in America in the mid-1950s. He knows that being a Floridian means hot summers and warm winters, but also that when you work hard and give back to your community, you get that in return. In Florida, a son of immigrants had the opportunity to build his community as City Commissioner of West Miami, President of the Florida House, and now one of our US Senators.

Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to travel the state of Florida with a focus on Florida agriculture and natural resources. I’ve seen how beautiful our state is, from begging to our Florida Keys. We have so much to protect as we continue to welcome new residents who wish to live in Florida.

On a recent kayaking adventure in our Florida Everglades, I paddled through over 10 miles of mangroves to my destination of Hell’s Bay Chickee. Seeing the thriving wildlife of crocodiles, fish, birds, dolphins and native plants throughout my kayaking adventure, I couldn’t help but think of all the support needed to protect this wonder. of our 5 million acre world. Nonprofit organizations, engineers, biologists, government agencies, and elected officials are all working together to ensure the Everglades remain healthy. More importantly, it requires each of us to fight for our state and continue to protect the land that has given us so much life.

As Florida continues to grow not only in population, but also economically, Floridians are very fortunate to have congressmen like Rubio focused on our conservation efforts to protect our natural resources. As studies from the Geoplan Center at the University of Florida show, Florida’s population will reach 33.7 million by 2070. Florida has grown in popularity for many reasons: theme parks, beaches, wildlife, lavish lifestyles and some based solely on the political climate. As Florida continues to grow, we cannot forget our state’s unparalleled natural beauty.

Logan Luse is the Florida State Director at American Conservation Coalition Action (ACC Action). Follow him on Twitter at @loganlusee.

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