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Everglades Trust Thanks Legislature for Passing Budget with Over $740 Million for Everglades Restoration

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Everglades Trust (Trust) today released the following statement, attributed to its CEO Anna Upton, thanking the Florida Legislature for crafting and passing a fiscal year 2024-25 budget that provides over $740 million for Everglades restoration.

“Thank you to the Florida Legislature for providing over $740 million for Everglades restoration in its fiscal year 2024-25 budget, as well as including funding for resiliency and environmental efforts statewide.

“Under the leadership of Senate President Kathleen Passidomo and House Speaker Paul Renner, we have seen the continuous support of America’s Everglades, as well as investments in its restoration, and Florida’s environment as a whole.

“These critical investments mean that we can keep moving the needle forward on Everglades restoration, which is vital to Florida’s water-based tourism economy and the environment that supports it.

“The progress we have seen is also due in large part to Governor DeSantis, who has continually recommended significant investments in restoration and has expedited and advanced key Everglades projects. This final budget fully funds the Governor’s Everglades budget request of over $740 million and continues to fulfill the promises he has made for restoring America’s Everglades.

“Our state and Floridians are fortunate to have strong leadership in support of Everglades restoration. It is because of them that we’re seeing such high levels of Everglades funding and that significant progress is being made toward restoration.”

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