I would like to respond to Jeb Bush’s op-ed, Charlie Crist stood in the way of Everglades restoration from Oct. 24.
His suggestion that Rick Scott would be better for Everglades Ecosystem Health is laughable. Rick Scott’s record has been so anti-environment it almost seems as though he has a personal hatred for nature.
He has spent most of his term demolishing the protections that Bob Graham, Bob Martinez, Lawton Chiles, Jeb Bush himself, and yes, even Charlie Crist had put into place in favor of deregulating polluters.
Rick Scott gutted the Water Management Districts, fought implementation of clean water standards and tried to sell off fragile lands being protected by the state. Charlie Crist, on the other hand, made attempts to expand protected lands in the Everglades by purchasing and restoring 187,000 acres from US Sugar. He was thwarted by the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature, which refused to financially support the project, reducing the land purchase to a fraction of its original size. Jeb Bush is clearly letting his party affiliation cloud his judgment because nobody that pays attention to the environment in Florida could ever seriously believe that Charlie Crist could possibly do a worse job protecting the environment than Rick Scott.
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J. Matthew Hoch, Assistant Professor, Environmental Science Program, Nova Southeastern University, Davie