Environment

Issues

I use my voice and my vote to protect our environment.

Addressing Climate Change… 

I firmly believe that climate change is an existential threat to Floridians. Right now, we lack a commitment at the state level to combat Climate Change. Nonetheless, we’re already seeing the impacts. Stronger hurricane seasons, red tide, and changes to our agricultural climate are existential threats to our economy and way of life in Florida. We must do better to stop this, and it’s my commitment to do just that.

Funding Florida Forever … 

Floridians overwhelmingly approved Florida Forever, an initiative by the state to purchase natural lands and preserve them for conservation. Unfortunately, the legislature has a track record of misusing these funds – something that not only undermines voters but threatens our natural places. I was proud to stand up for the Florida Forever program and continue to advocate for full funding.

Standing up for our Local Waterways…

Did you know that state law prevents local governments from addressing fertilizer pollution in local lakes? One of the first bills I filed removed this needless regulation and would have let our local communities decide for themselves what they allow to impact their lakes, rivers, and waterways. At the same time, I also filed legislation to study the impact of development on local headwaters. Water is a way of life in Florida, and I’m committed to protecting it.

Fighting for Clean Energy …

The ideas to protect our natural resources and to grow a healthy economy are not opposing forces.  It’s of concern to me when we think we can’t have both. In fact, I believe there are many avenues where we can grow our economy by turning towards cleaner, more innovative power sources. This is why I worked across party lines to create a “Powered by the Sun” license plate in order to create funding for jobs in solar energy, focusing on veterans. We are the Sunshine State, after all.