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Former Charlie Crist Environmental Officials Praise Rick Scott’s “Let’s Keep Florida Beautiful” Plan Ahead of Meeting with Scientists

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Former Charlie Crist Environmental Officials Praise Rick Scott’s
“Let’s Keep Florida Beautiful” Plan Ahead of Meeting with Scientists

TALLAHASSEE – The two Secretaries of Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection that served under Charlie Crist, along with three members of Crist 2006 Gubernatorial Campaign’s Environment Policy Council, released statements today praising Governor Scott’s “Let’s Keep Florida Beautiful” plan:

Ron Bergeron, member of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and former member of Crist 2006 Gubernatorial Campaign’s Environmental Policy Council, said: “During Scott’s first term he has provided record funding to protect Florida’s springs, brought divergent groups together to move Everglades restoration forward, and funded key projects to protect the coral reefs of the Florida Keys. Governor Scott’s ‘Let’s Keep Florida Beautiful’ plan is yet another step in his leadership on environmental issues and should give hope that our natural resources will be protected for generations to come.”

Colleen Castille, former Florida DEP Secretary under Charlie Crist (2003-2007) said, “Governor Scott’s ‘Let’s Keep Florida Beautiful’ plan for the environment shows his continued commitment to protect our state’s natural resources. His leadership on everything from Everglades restoration, to protecting our springs and coastline, demonstrates a deep and thoughtful commitment to Florida’s environment.”

Michael Collins, former member of Crist 2006 Gubernatorial Campaign’s Environmental Policy Council and former member of the South Florida Water Management District, said: “To save an ecosystem, you need a plan. When Charlie Crist took office, there was a science based, fully funded, comprehensive Everglades restoration plan in place. After four years of Charlie’s impulse buying and environmental attention deficit disorder it lay in ruins. Rick Scott, in pushing forward with restoration strategies, has taken a giant step towards solving the water quality portion of the puzzle and has committed to using the same, science based, fiscally sound approach to the rest of the problem. The Everglades won’t survive another attack of Charlie Crist environmental populism.”

Ernie Cox, President of Family Lands Remembered and former member of Crist 2006 Gubernatorial Campaign’s Environmental Policy Council, said: “As Florida’s economy continues to improve under Governor Scott’s leadership, it is time for significant investment in our natural resources and environmental infrastructure. Governor Scott’s environmental plan will provide much-needed funds for springs protection and alternative water supplies, while setting the tone for long-term solutions.   Getting the job done – like he did by building water quality projects instead of continuing Everglades litigation – is the right path for Florida.”

Michael Sole, former Florida DEP Secretary under Charlie Crist (2007-2010), said, “The Governor’s thoughtful, serious approach recognizes that protecting our state’s natural resources is fundamental to Floridians’ way of life. From preserving the nationally recognized state park system that serves families and communities across Florida every day of the year, to driving generational progress in restoring the vital Everglades, the Governor’s plan reflects a sustained commitment to addressing the breadth and complexity of Florida’s environmental challenges.”

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