Crist Scores Over $300 Million for Florida Coastal and Environmental Protections in Energy & Water Bill

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) released the following statement on over $300 million in pro-Florida provisions he secured in the FY’21 Energy & Water Appropriations bill, which is expected on the House floor in the coming weeks after being passed by the full committee today.

The bill includes the following provisions championed by Congressman Crist:

  • $55 million for shore protection projects to preserve coastal habitats and protect Floridians, communities like Pinellas, and the local economies from storm damage.
  • Recognition of Port Tampa Bay’s regional and international importance to commerce, and the need to keep the port fully functional and maintained.
  • Fully funds Everglades restoration at $250 million to protect and restore this iconic ecosystem.
  • Robust funding for the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Account to help transition our country to a clean energy economy. This includes $2.85 billion in regular appropriations and an additional $7.78 billion in emergency funding to support post COVID-19 economic recovery efforts.

“From our coastal communities here in Pinellas, to the Everglades, to our very own port in Tampa Bay, this year’s Energy and Water bill includes millions in funding to preserve and protect the blue and green spaces that keep our state thriving,” said Rep. Crist. “I’m proud to have secured provisions to safeguard Pinellas families and businesses from hurricane and storm damage, while also investing in critical infrastructure projects and clean energy programs to have more of the Sunshine State running on sunshine.”

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