South Florida is almost Paradise.  We’re blessed with warm, year-round temperatures, a beautiful blue ocean to our east and the exotic ecology of the Everglades to our west.  Our location gives our residents unprecedented health, lifestyle, and recreational benefits.  We live in the most special ecosystem on Planet Earth.

But our paradise is also fragile.  We sit on our drinking water supply, the Biscayne Aquifer. Our proximity to the ocean means that we are vulnerable to hurricanes and high tides.  We need to protect our environment for ourselves, our children, and our future generations.

We can and we must grow our economy and protect our environment.  We need to continue to restore the Everglades by restoring the natural flow of water from the Lake Okeechobee watershed through the Everglades and out into Florida Bay.  Doing this will not only bring life back to the Everglades, but it will protect our drinking water supply.

We need to protect Biscayne National Park from being delisted as a protected space.  It’s 270 square miles of bay waters, mangrove coastlines, and coral reefs make it the most unique national park in the nation.

The South Florida national parks comprised of Big Cypress National Preserve, Biscayne National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park and Everglades National Park, are visited by 3 million people who spend over $200 million and support 3,248 jobs in the local area.

We also need to oppose fracking in the Everglades, as well as opposing any efforts to pump radioactive nuclear waste below our drinking water supply.