Tuesday, February 19, 2019
The decision won the applause of the Everglades Foundation and other environmental groups.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is leading senators from both sides of the aisle to push for Congress to move quickly in passing disaster supplemental funding legislation to help Americans recover from recent disasters, including Hurricane Michael which hit the Panhandle in October. 
Gov. Ron DeSantis has hit the ground running and, after a little more than a month in office, has won strong support in Florida. 
Persons announced on Tuesday that she will launch her bid on Feb. 25 with the support of state Sen. Lizbeth Benaquisto, R-Fort Myers, state House Majority Leader Dane Eagle, R-Cape Coral, and state Rep. Raymond Rodriguez, R-Estero.
The governor and the senators wrote President Donald Trump on Monday, asking him to include $200 million in annual budgets for construction funding for South Florida Ecosystem Restoration (SFER). 
On Friday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., toured the Keys and showcased efforts as that area recovers Hurricane Irma which hit the area at the end of summer in 2017. 
In her first meeting on the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, freshman U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., called for more investments in South Florida. 
The governor’s office reviewed his record on hurricane recovery, the environment, his three appointments to the state Supreme Court, his call to end Common Core in Florida, backing Israel, supporting medical marijuana and his first proposed budget. 
Mast’s bill would “require tests to be conducted to determine whether the water to be released from a flood risk management project is contaminated with cyanobacteria; and if the water is contaminated, require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to notify the public and affected governments of the contamination, planned discharge and potential public health effects before releasing the water.”
DeSantis is looking to spend more on the environment and education.