As a lifelong Floridian, born here 55 years ago, I sometimes feel as if I have saltwater flowing through my veins.
My tissues literally consist of Everglades water, piped to my home from the Biscayne Aquifer.
Protecting these resources is of paramount concern to me.
For this reason I’m grateful that Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Carlos Curbelo co-introduced the Coral Act to study the deleterious effects of ocean acidification that threaten coral reefs and aquatic food webs.
South Florida’s economy is directly connected to our environment.
An important part of that is our sensitive coral reef system. Considered the rainforest of the oceans, they’re the breeding ground for some of the lowest links in our aquatic food chains.
As “green infrastructure” they naturally help protect us from storm surge. As an underwater jungle, they attract tourists from all over the world who spend money here.
All of this is threatened. I applaud their leadership in introducing this important piece of legislation.
Greg Hamra, Coral Gables