Sunday, April 21, 2019
U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney wrote SVA Administrator Linda McMahon on the matter on Friday, urging her to make a declaration for Lee County. U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan followed suit on Monday, focusing on Sarasota, Manatee and Hillsborough counties. 
The two senators sent a letter to U.S. VA Sec. Robert Wilkie on the matter on Thursday after the hurricane hit parts of the Big Bend and the Panhandle. 
New Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis came to power thanks in part to President Donald Trump and now U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., and he showed no inclination of breaking ranks with his fellow Republicans on some core issues when he started his service in Tallahassee on Tuesday. 
On Monday, Mast paired with U.S. Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minn. to unveil the “Local Water Protection Act” which “increases grant funding for state and local governments to decrease water pollutants, including addressing toxic agricultural runoff, septic to sewer conversions, legacy pollutants, impacts from dams, effects of channelization of waterbodies and other forms of pollution.”
U.S. House Appropriations Committee leadership “urging House appropriators to fully fund Everglades restoration and water quality infrastructure projects.”
Ten members of the Florida delegation on Capitol Hill held a meeting on Thursday and heard about a new hurricane tracking system being used for the first time this year.
The storm is expected to grow in intensity on Monday and hit the southeastern coast--namely the Carolinas--later in the week. 
Nelson took to the Senate floor on Monday to deliver the first of these speeches. In that address, he took a shot at the man who defeated him, Gov. Rick Scott
“I am excited to serve on these subcommittees and work on the issues that South Florida sent me to Congress to tackle: fixing our broken immigration system, keeping our country safe and our waters clean, and increasing our resilience to fight against climate change,” she said on Thursday. 
The legislative session and the Jacksonville mayoral elections aren’t the only political dramas in North Florida these days as candidates battle it out in the special election for an open state House seat.