Hurricane Irma: Interior Sec. Zinke to visit Florida, Lake Okeechobee

Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke rides a horse to his first day of work in March. (Interior Dept. photo via The New York Times)

U.S. Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke will visit Florida Thursday through Saturday “to conduct on-the-ground assessments of hurricane damage at National Park Service locations and to receive a briefing on Everglades Restoration.”

A detailed schedule hasn’t been released, but Zinke’s office said he will get a Thursday briefing on infrastructure upgrades and Everglades restoration at Lake Okeechobee. On Friday, he’s scheduled to visit Big Cypress National Preserve for hurricane damage assessment and a clean-up project.

Zinke will join Sen. Marco Rubio and other members of Florida’s congressional delegation at Everglades National Park on Saturday for a media availability.

Republican Rubio and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson wrote a letter to Zinke in May inviting him to tour the Everglades and a Zinke spokeswoman said at the time the secretary was eager to see the River of Grass.


Author: George Bennett

George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. He grew up in Bethesda, Md. and is a graduate of The George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @gbennettpost

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