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Lt. Gov. Nunez visits Fort Myers Beach

By NATHAN MAYBERG - | Jun 16, 2021

nmayberg@breezenewspapers.com

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille on Fort Myers Beach was the setting for the birthday of Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nunez Thursday who talked up the economic and environmental policies of Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Nunez addressed how the state is handling Lake Okeechobee discharges and algal blooms developing from those discharges along the Caloosahatchee River. Algal blooms are a “big issue for the entire state,” Nunez said. Nunez talked up a state contract with the Israeli company BlueGreen Water Technologies for a hydrogen peroxide-based product to combat blue-green algal blooms.

“It safely neutralizes the blue-green algae,” she said.

“I recognize the importance and how inextricably linked our environment is with our economy,” Nunez said.

Nunez said the state’s recently passed budget includes more than $415 million dedicated to Everglades restoration projects, more than $152 million to protect prized properties and water, and more than $50 million for the state’s parks. Nunez was scheduled to visit Lovers Key State Park Thursday afternoon.

DeSantis has made the environment a priority, she said. The governor, she said, “is committed to the mission of making sure we are not just borrowing the environment from our parents, we are giving it to our children,

“We have really prioritized a lot of issues relating to the environment,” she said.

Another piece of legislation signed this year will ensure a “coordinated approach” to Florida’s coastal and island resiliency, Nunez said. The legislation will address the protection of coastal area from rising sea levels and hurricanes. Nunez said no other state had such natural resources to offer visitors.

Nunez talked up other policies by the governor, including his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She cited the state’s actions in returning students to public schools quickly as important.

“It is a crime what we see some of these states doing” in regards to the loss of educational achievement, she said. “We believe that Floridians are smart enough, they are resilient enough to make the right choices for them and their families,” Nunez said.

On the economy, Nunez said there are more jobs available than the number of people looking for jobs. The state’s April unemployment rate of 4.8% was below the nation’s rate of 6.1%, she said.

Florida is the lowest taxed state per capita in the nation, Nunez said. She said the state’s approach to businesses during the pandemic has put the state in a favorable position to where Florida has become a destination. Nunez said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo should be named “Realtor of the Year.”