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SUM 2017

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24 | e larg t known concentration of tarpon in the world! Renowned waterfront, sportsman's paradise in the grand "Old Florida" tradition. Famous for its acclaimed gourmet dining, whispering Gulf breezes, spectacular sunsets and some of the best sport fi shing in the world. Come by boat or car! Outdoor Life Magazine (Boca Grande Pass) Trip Advisor/Yelp ★★★★✩ 13771 Waterfront Dr. Bokeelia, FL 239-283-3999 GPS: N 26.39.562 W 082.09.180 Everglades Gets Help from the State First, the Florida legislature passed SB10 to help restore the southerly flow of water through the Everglades. Now, U.S. Congressman Brian Mast has unveiled another first, the Everglades FIRST (Flow Increases Rely on Storage and Treatment) Act. The bill will expedite the federal timeline for the completion of reports that are required before Everglades restoration projects can move forward. The Everglades FIRST Act prioritizes projects to fix water storage around Lake Okeechobee and to minimize future discharges into the St. Lucie River and Indian River Lagoon. The bill instructs the Army Corps of Engineers to expedite completion of reports and construction for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, which includes the Everglades Agricultural Area Storage Reservoirs, Loxahatchee River Watershed Restoration Project, Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project and the Western Everglades Restoration Project. " The fight for SB10 mobilized nearly 100,000 Floridians, from college kids to anglers, fishing guides and CEOs of some of America's best known outdoor retailers and boat manufacturers," said Eric Eikenberg, executive director of the Everglades Foundation. " To make the reservoir a reality, we will need to stay fully engaged for the fight ahead, convincing Congress to approve the project and appropriate the funds. Florida fishing depends on this, and we're not going to stop now." President and CEO of the American Sportfishing Association, Mike Nussman, agrees. "We greatly appreciate Congressman Mast's leadership toward fixing Florida's water quality challenges," Nussman said. "Florida is the 'Fishing Capital of the World', and the future of our industry is dependent on clean waters and abundant fisheries. The Everglades FIRST Act will help ensure Everglades restoration is completed in an expedited and comprehensive fashion." The bill was formally introduced during a pro forma session on May 11 with seven co-sponsors: Francis Rooney (FL-19), Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Bill Posey (FL- 8), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), John Rutherford (FL-4) and Claudia Tenney (NY-22).

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