Gov. Ron DeSantis announces $20 million for Biscayne Bay protection

Funding will come from state and Miami-Dade County

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday that $20 million will be invested in protecting Biscayne Bay, with $10 million of that funding coming from the state and $10 million coming from Miami-Dade County.

DeSantis made the announcement during a news conference at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, where he was joined by Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez and Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Noah Valenstein.

The state’s portion of the funding comes as part of DeSantis’ planned $625 million to be spent on water resources projects.

DeSantis also took questions about COVID-19 vaccines, saying the state’s strategy has focused on protecting people of older age and stressing that would continue as plans for the next wave of vaccine recipients are solidified. He said there would be an update on that topic Tuesday.

Watch a replay of the news conference below:

Gov. Ron DeSantis is in South Florida on Monday and will be holding a news conference about Biscayne Bay resiliency.

Posted by WPLG Local 10 on Monday, December 21, 2020

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About the Authors:

Janine Stanwood joined Local 10 News in February 2004 as an assignment editor. She is now a general assignment reporter. Before moving to South Florida from her Washington home, Janine was the senior legislative correspondent for a United States senator on Capitol Hill.