Florida spends billions yearly on Everglades restoration and protection. This bill aims to protect that investment.
A Senate bill that would create a large, development-free buffer zone around the Everglades is now bound for consideration by the full chamber.
The Senate Rules Committee unanimously backed the measure (SB 192), which would add a new layer of state protection against harmful urban encroachment into Florida’s largest national park.
Miami Gardens Democratic Sen. Shevrin Jones called SB 192 “a good bill.” Representatives from the Everglades Trust, Sierra Club Florida and 1000 Friends of Florida agreed.