Gov. DeSantis appoints Barbara Lagoa to the Florida Supreme Court

He laid out his plan for protecting our water quality and environment in Stuart. Earlier in the day he made stops in Bonita Springs and Sarasota

He laid out his plan for protecting our water quality and environment in Stuart. Earlier in the day he made stops in Bonita Springs and Sarasota

"I am deeply humbled and honored by this appointment", Lagoa said.

"His order calls for the securing of $2.5 billion over the next four years to invest in Everglades restoration and protecting our water resources, but there is no identification of where that money will come from", said Sen.

And while he took shots from environmentalists on the campaign trail a year ago when arguing that climate change is not a problem for state government to alleviate, DeSantis said Thursday his approach will rely on "sound science". "So that shows Florida's commitment to getting these issues right".

DeSantis' order also establishes a Blue-Green Algae Task Force, which would work with a task force that Scott asked the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to reactivate a year ago.

"We share the urgency for cleaning up our water and our environment; it's been a top priority of ours for many years", Gibson said.

Later in the day at a stop in Stuart, DeSantis announced he'd sent a letter to every member of the South Florida Water Management District board thanking them for their service, and asking for their resignation - effective immediately.

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New GOP U.S. Sen. Fathers and mothers go to sleep without knowing whether that will be their last night outside or whether they will be able to hug their children because it's all at the whim of the state. "I am working with the federal government. We're working with both the White House and, as hard as it is sometimes, working with the Army Corps to try to mitigate that in the near term, which I think is very, very important". "I think we'll really re-energize our constitutional order here by doing that". "These are things that people from all political persuasions understand the importance of our water resources to Florida's beauty, our economic way of life, and our future", DeSantis said. "I didn't think he was going to acknowledge climate change at all".

Organizations like Captains for Clean Water and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida gave their support for DeSantis' decision.

"It's very positive to see him address the issue in his first week of office", Jackalone said.

And, DeSantis, without mentioning climate change, said the state needs to be "ahead of the curve" on increased flooding and rising waters, which will be a job of the Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection.

Over the past decade, the court overturned a number of policies important to GOP leaders, wrangled with lawmakers over congressional and Senate maps and, following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, ordered the Legislature to require unanimous jury recommendations for the death penalty to be imposed. "The protection of water resources is one of the most pressing issues facing our state". "The governor's executive order also calls for DEP 'to establish a septic conversion and remediation grant program with a local government match requirement.' But that, too, raises a host of questions for which answers are elusive". "In our great country and our great state, we are governed by the rule of law, the consistent and equal application of the law to all litigations regardless of a judge's personal preferences", she said. But while describing the order as having "lofty goals" and "admirable pursuits", she said more details are needed, particularly on the $2.5 billion request.

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