Gov. Scott touts environmental plan in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Florida Governor Rick Scott is making big promises to voters in an effort to win a second term this fall.

Scott, a Republican, made a brief campaign stop at Clapboard Creek Fish Camp Marine on Heckscher Drive and was joined by a handful of supporters and staffers.

It was the seventh such stop Scott has made this week as he touts a recently unveiled environmental plan his campaign is calling "Let's Keep Florida Beautiful."

The plan totals $1 billion and calls for a $500 million commitment to alternative water supplies and another $500 commitment to springs restoration over 10 years.

It also calls for continued improvements to be made at the Everglades. Scott said all of the work would be a priority for him if he is re-elected.

"Florida's natural beauty is a big reason why this is the best state in the country to call home. Our natural resources are the foundation of our economy. They drive tourism, housing, business, and agriculture. And they deserve our long-term commitment," he said.

Scott also said he intends to meet with a group of experts and scientists on climate change, an issue he has widely been criticized over in the past.

First Coast News asked the Governor where he stands on the issue now, to which he said, "I'm not qualified to do that."

Scott's environmental plan would need cooperation on spending from lawmakers at the capitol.

Right now, he is locked in a heated re-election campaign. Former Florida Governor Charlie Christ, a Democrat, has made a point to challenge Scott on his environmental record.

Published reports also said Scott revealed his "Let's Keep Florida Beautiful" initiative at the same time a wealthy activist was pledging to target him on his environmental record.


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