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Statement: Florida Budget Includes Progress for Our Ocean

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Washington, D.C. – The following statement was issued by Jeff Watters, director of government relations at Ocean Conservancy, in response to Governor DeSantis’ decision to keep the robust environmental funding proposed by the Florida Legislature in the FY2021 state budget.

“The budget approved today by Governor Ron DeSantis is a win for our ocean. This funding will support important projects that help ensure the health and prosperity of our ocean and coasts, and the communities that rely on them.

“It is imperative that decision-makers prioritize the environment. Our ocean is not only a source of relaxation and recreation – it’s a key element of our economy, especially in Florida. Ocean Conservancy applauds the governor for his decision to keep robust environmental funding in the state budget.”


Jeff Watters is available for interviews upon request.

Ocean Conservancy is working to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges. Together with our partners, we create science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it. For more information, visit, or follow us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

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