Last week, Miami-Dade took a bold step and approved a resolution supporting the governor’s proposal to allocate $150 million from Amendment 1 for Everglades restoration, as well supporting Sen. Joe Negron’s proposal to allocate $500 million for purchasing land south of Lake Okeechobee for water storage. The resolution was sponsored by Commissioners Daniella Levine Cava, Rebeca Sosa and Sally Heyman, who stood their ground in the face of lobbying pressures from some of the most powerful interests in the state in order to send the message that water is everything.
This resolution shines like a beacon of hope in the midst of political battles over how to use funding from Amendment 1, despite the clear mandate by voters in November.
It is time for legislators to invest wisely in our future and realize that water is the basis of life. Being good stewards of the Earth is good for business, too.
Kent Crook, president and founding member, Christian Chamber of Greater Miami, Miami