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Crist vetoes seagrass bill, as promised; signs South Florida wastewater bill

Gov. Charlie Crist just followed through on this promise to veto a bill that woud have allowed developers to destroy seagrass beds if they agreed to replant it somewhere else. The bill, House Bill 7059, was vetoed at the same time the governor signed the measure to extend the Florida Forever program for another decade and signed, Senate Bill 1302, which will impose new deadlines on Miami-Dade and Broward county from discharging their wastewater into the open.

Crist said he opposed the seagrass bill because it would have allowed marine development that could endanger seagrass beds and destroy marine estuaries and delicate nesting grounds for sea life with no guarantee the replacements would survive. Download seagrass_veto_letter.pdf