By: The Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg
On behalf of The Everglades Foundation, I was honored to join Governor Rick Scott, VISIT FLORIDA and other dignitaries Wednesday, October 4, 2017, in Key West, Florida, in support of tourism and the Florida Keys.
Three weeks following the impact of Hurricane Irma, the meeting’s theme was loud and clear – the Florida Keys are open for business! This is welcome news for the businesses and residents of Monroe County who rely on robust tourism numbers each year. Potentially, no other county in Florida benefits more from tourism than Monroe County.
During my time with The Everglades Foundation, I’ve learned an essential tourism driver in the Keys is fishing. Fishing guides up and down the Florida Keys are ambassadors for the natural resource; and, as we are committed to protecting America’s Everglades, a healthy Everglades and Florida Bay will only strengthen the world class fishing that calls the Keys home. Earlier this year, Governor Scott signed Senate Bill 10 – legislation calling for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee. This project is vital in providing an abundance of clean, freshwater all the way down to Florida Bay and the Florida Keys.
Keys guides traveled to Tallahassee this past spring and many of them spoke from the heart about seagrass die off and other water quality concerns. Guides stood with us when we needed them; and, now, we stand with them during this time of recovery.
The Keys are open for business and great fishing is available to all who want to come south!