For Immediate Release October 30, 2018
Final Bridge Over Tamiami Trail Nears Completion: Next Phase Poised to Begin Now Up to Washington to Match Florida’s $40 Million for Final Road Raising
Palmetto Bay, Fla.— Everglades Foundation CEO Eric Eikenberg issued the following statement today asGovernor Rick Scott commemorated the near completion of 2.5 miles of bridging that will allow increased flows of fresh water south under the Tamiami Trail into the southern Everglades and Florida Bay:
“Everglades restoration is a federal/state partnership. For thirty years the removal of Tamiami Trail has been a restoration priority. By working together, the Florida Department of Transportation and the National Park Service are making this dream a reality.
“The sense of urgency FDOT, the contractor and the National Park Service have brought to this and the next phase of the Tamiami Trail project is a model for Everglades restoration. By following this model of partnership and persistence, this generation will see Everglades restoration completed. We thank Governor Rick Scott, Superintendent Pedro Ramos, FDEP Secretary Noah Valenstein, Secretary Mike Dew, former Superintendent Dan Kimball, former DOT Secretary Ananth Prasad, and former DOI Everglades Restoration Director Shannon Estenoz for their foresight and leadership in completing this phase of the project in record time.
“We urge the Trump Administration to continue this strong partnership by matching the state’s financial commitment to finishing Tamiami Trail, in addition to the state’s $200 million annual commitment to expedite the larger Everglades restoration program.”
EDITORS AND PROGRAM DIRECTORS:
Eric Eikenberg is available for in-person or broadcast interviews, as are members of the Everglades Foundation’s Science Division, who will be happy to provide additional scientific and technical background. Please call Rebecca Rose at 757.268.5429.
About The Everglades Foundation
The Everglades Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to leading efforts to restore and protect the greater Everglades ecosystem. Since its founding in 1993 by a group of local outdoor enthusiasts, the Foundation has become a respected and important advocate for the sustainability of one of the world’s most unique ecosystems.
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