Saturday, July 4, 2020
Rooney, the vice chairman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee despite serving in his first term in Congress, sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Monday, urging him to declare a formal State of Emergency for Florida. 
With these latest funds, DEP has sent $13 million in grants to help Floridians hurt by red tide. 
Getting ready to start her new duties in Tallahassee next week, incoming Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is turning to prominent Democratic activists for help. 
Weighing in on her new assignment, the South Florida Democrat said she planned to use her new post to help rebuild infrastructure and to push green alternatives to traditional energy. 
They also joined Bay District Schools Superintendent Bill Husfelt in meeting students and teachers in the Lynn Haven area who were impacted by the hurricane. 
The legislation reauthorizes the EPA’s Section 319 Grant Program, which, as Mast’s office noted, “addresses nonpoint source pollution through state-run nonpoint pollution management programs and related technical assistance.”
“I applaud the Re-Open Florida Task Force on their hard work to inform a safe, smart and step-by-step approach to re-opening Florida,” said DeSantis on Friday. “Recreational activity provides important physical and mental health benefits, particularly during these uncertain times. This Phase One plan will allow for the thoughtful, measured re-opening of some of our state’s incredible natural resources for public recreation.”
This week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler tapped Mary Walker as regional administrator for Region 4 which includes Florida, Alabama Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Members of the Florida congressional delegation are working together to push for updating and reauthorizing the “Coral Reef Conservation Act” which expired 15 years ago.
Following a letter led by Rubio and U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., Trump approved Florida’s request for an Emergency Declaration prior to Hurricane Dorian impacting the state. However, that designation only provided for direct federal assistance for emergency protective measures.