Rubio, Nelson, House members pitch Everglades to Trump administration

The long list of politicians and government officials who have toured the Everglades includes Republican presidential candidate John McCain in 2008. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson and most of the state’s U.S. House delegation sent a letter inviting U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to come to Florida and tour the Everglades.

All four of Palm Beach County’s U.S. House members — Reps. Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach; Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton; Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach; and Brian Mast, R-Palm City — signed the letter to Zinke.

Zinke, a former Navy SEAL commander and U.S. House member from Montana, was appointed by President Donald Trump, who during the 2016 campaign pledged his support for the Everglades.

“A Trump administration will also work alongside you to restore and protect the beautiful Everglades,” Trump said at an event in Naples last year.

Today’s letter to Zinke calls the Everglades a “unique treasure” and adds: “The U.S. Department of the Interior plays a critical role in our efforts to restore the balance of this ecosystem.  As secretary, you serve as chairman of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force and play a vital role in the effort to restore the balance of water flow and management.  The Everglades faces numerous challenges, but with a successful state and federal partnership, we are committed to ensuring future generations are able to enjoy this treasured ecosystem.”

 

 

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