Forty years ago, President Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act. It has been good for Florida and our wildlife, and prevented the extinction of most of the species under its protection. No other law has done more to save America’s most vulnerable species, preserving the richness of our environment. The economic impact is also clear — much of Florida’s appeal to visitors stems from its natural beauty.
But there is pressure to weaken the ESA. It’s clear that the Act is one of the most effective conservation laws ever passed. We need to celebrate it and keep it as a precious tool to help preserve beautiful Florida’s quality of life and diversity for future generations.
Lara Martini, Hollywood