Sunday, April 11, 2021
The bill draws from regional examples of related, successful specialty plates for Indian River Lagoon and the Tampa Bay Estuary. Funds from the sale of the license plate will be directed to The Miami Foundation to administer toward initiatives supporting habitat restoration, pollution prevention and environmental education and awareness initiatives. 
Crist wrote the USFWS, urging it to declare a Marine Mammal Unusual Mortality Event (UME), which would have more resources focused on determining why the increase of manatee deaths.
They are cosponsoring U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici’s, D-Oreg., “Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act” which declares the HAB problem an “Event of National Significance” and “would trigger disaster-like funding for affected communities.”
Scott and state CFO Jimmy Patronis called on Florida’s insurance companies “to expeditiously respond to policyholders’ needs and to treat families fairly” and insisted the “quick response of insurance companies is critical to the recovery of Florida families following Hurricane Michael.” 
Along with state CFO Jimmy Patronis, Florida Director of Emergency Management Jared Moscowitz and First Lady Casey DeSantis, the new governor inspected the area and met with community leaders. 
The new land acquisitions will be managed by the Florida Forest Service.
“As our local communities continue to rebuild and recover from devastating natural disasters, Congress has an important role to implement lessons learned so future federal response is more effective and efficient."
More than six months after Hurricane Michael slammed into Northwest Florida, recovery efforts are continuing. On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., met with Panama City officials as he tries to get a relief package through Congress. 
On Monday, Mast showcased the “Prioritizing Revised Operations To Eliminate Cyanobacteria Toxins in Florida (“PROTECT Florida”) Act which “requires the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to prioritize public health, including prevention of toxic cyanobacteria, the integrity of the Herbert Hoover Dike, Everglades restoration and tribal water quality laws.”
The Florida Disaster Fund is the state of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster.