Sunday, July 5, 2020
U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., introduced the “Prevent Harmful Algal Blooms Act” which U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., is cosponsoring. 
The funds are coming from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Gulf Coast Restoration for the Snorkel and Dive Reef construction project. The $1,233,566.00 Direct Component grant comes from funds included in the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act (RESTORE Act) which was passed in 2012.
On Tuesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the “Clean Waterways Act" from state Sen. Debbie Mayfield, R-Melbourne, and Rep. Bobby Payne, Palatka. The new law carries a wide range of water quality protection provisions aimed at minimizing the impact of known...
Entitled Shining Cities: The Top U.S. Cities for Solar Energy, the study, which is in its seventh edition, is the most comprehensive survey available of installed solar capacity in major U.S. cities.
On Monday, U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rick Scott, R-Fla., wrote U.S. Commerce Sec. Wilbur Ross urging him to designate waters near Florida as one of the first aquaculture opportunity areas, as detailed in President Donald Trump’s May 7, 2020 Executive Order, “Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth.”
The governor’s office offered “Highlights of the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Budget.”
Shalala showcased the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is sending $225,000 grant to Everglades Biopharma, LLC. During President Bill Clinton’s administration, Shalala served as HHS secretary.
The FY21 NDAA includes multiple provisions Rubio requested, including an additional $15 million for the Gulf Range Modernization and the next phase in the Gulf Test Range telemetric modernization process at Eglin Air Force Base.
The property at State Road 44 and South Walker Drive was the subject of a variety of development plans that failed to come to fruition, but the commercial zoning and 967 feet of frontage on State Road 44, left it vulnerable to development. Once purchased, more than 1,600 linear feet of the creek and upland forests of oaks and pines will be secured from development.
These awards are provided through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance Grant program. Last week, FDEM also began paying out funding through the CARES Act for Florida counties with a population of less than 500,000.