These grants can be used by local governments to purchase homes damaged by Hurricane Irma from willing homeowners in high-risk flood areas or to match funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).
The sophomore Florida congressman added a proposal having the U.S. Defense Department evaluate and track servciemembers exposed to burn pits and toxic chemicals
“These grants provide funding to defense-dependent communities to support advocacy and military community relations,” the governor’s office noted on Friday.
Last week, two Republicans in the Florida delegation focused on environmental issues, launching a new caucus and showcasing efforts to combat climate change.
On Thursday, freshman U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., sent a letter to FEMA Acting Administrator Pete Gaynor expressing her concern over the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) risk rating methodology.
U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., added the amendment to the House version of the NDAA. According to Crist’s office, the amendment “requires the military to work with agencies like NOAA and NASA that track our changing climate, to incorporate flooding and sea level rise projections into their plans for building new military installations and fortifying current ones.”
This week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced it was sending more than $86 million to the Sunshine State to help Florida recover from Hurricane Irma which hit back in September 2017.
“For the first time ever, the Army Corps admitted to willfully and knowingly releasing toxic water containing cyanobacteria and harmful algal blooms from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Rivers,” Mast’s office insisted.
The governor also showcased the economic benefits Florida gains through fishing.
The bill amends “the mitigation options for wetlands impacted by development projects to now allow local governments to authorize mitigation of conservation lands they have purchased and own, if state and federal mitigation credits are not available and financial assurances are provided by the developer for the perpetual maintenance of the land.”