TALLAHASSEE, FL– Keep Florida Fishing®, an advocacy arm of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), today thanked the Florida Senate for their continued commitment to Everglades restoration following the Florida Senate’s passage of Senate Bill 10, sponsored by Sen. Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island).
The legislation, a top priority of Senate President Joe Negron (R-Stuart), would accelerate the timeline to establish a water storage reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee with the goal of reducing harmful releases to coastal estuaries. Last week, the Florida Senate Committee on Appropriations, chaired by Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater), passed the bill, sending it to the Senate floor.
“We appreciate Senate President Negron, Sen. Bradley and Sen. Latvala for their leadership and ongoing attention to Everglades restoration. Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World, and we look forward to working with lawmakers as we strive for comprehensive solutions to this complex issue,” said Kellie Ralston, Florida Fishery Policy Director of the American Sportfishing Association.
“The health of Florida’s wetlands directly impacts the recreational fishing industry, which has a $9.6 billion economic impact in the state. We are glad to see legislative leaders standing up for clean waters and supporting plans to restore the Everglades’ historic southerly flow,” said Gary Jennings, Director of Keep Florida Fishing.
Keep Florida Fishing represents the interests of the recreational fishing community. Florida has more than 3 million anglers who support more than 128,000 jobs and contribute $53.3 million to Florida conservation efforts through license fees and special taxes on motor boat fuel and equipment.
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Keep Florida Fishing® is an advocacy arm of the American Sportfishing Association with the goal of ensuring Florida anglers have clean waters, abundant fisheries and access to both. Learn more at www.KeepFloridaFishing.org. Find Keep Florida Fishing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.