Kept “Legacy Florida” Flowing
Florida’s environmental challenges have been exacerbated recently due to increased development and agricultural stressors. During the course of our representation of the Everglades Foundation, they have been successful in advocating for $880 million for the development of reservoirs and marshes to filter water flowing into the Everglades, $250 million to fund “Legacy Florida” restoration efforts, and in a subsequent legislative session, $248 million for additional restoration efforts.
Secured Funding for Water Projects
Water projects for local governments are always a highly sought-after appropriation. With requests each Session well over $1 billion and less than $100 million available, competition is fierce to get appropriations. We secured $1.75 million in funding during the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Session for our client the City of Venice to help complete a local water project and replace aging utility infrastructure—allowing the City to update the water distribution system.
Shaped Everglades Restoration
Florida has consistently struggled with water policy, discharges from Lake Okeechobee, springs restoration, and the implementation of the 2015 ballot initiative regarding environmental funding. In our representation of the Everglades Foundation, we have helped shape that amendment’s implementation, which directed the state to set aside 25% of all associated monies for Everglades’ restoration. In addition, we influenced legislation in the successful effort to create a southern storage reservoir to hold, clean, and release water to the southern portion of the Everglades.