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Everglades boosters to party with Blues Traveler, invade the House and Senate

The Everglades Foundation and its partners Wednesday will kick off two days of talks and lobbying efforts on behalf of the Florida Everglades.

Tom Brokaw moderates the kickoff Wednesday, a discussion of the ecological and economic benefits of the Everglades restoration efforts. Tomorrow night, Sens. Bill Nelson and George LeMieux along with Reps. Alcee Hastings and Mario Diaz-Balart co-chair an "Old Florida-style barbecue" and reception featuring the band, Blues Traveler. On Thursday, attendees lobby lawmakers.

"Our message to policymakers will be clear: maintaining support for Everglades restoration has never been more important," said Kirk Fordham, CEO, Everglades Foundation.