ICAST/IFTD Show In Orlando

Last week, the fishing industry gathered at the annual ICAST/IFTD show in Orlando, a fitting location since Florida has the largest fishing industry in the country. Also in attendance were representatives from the Now or Neverglades founding partners as well as Senator Joe Negron, who was primarily responsible for SB 10.

The show further affirmed enthusiasm for Now or Neverglades from the fishing world, with many more industry leaders signing the declaration and pledging support. The fishing industry recognizes that building the reservoir and completing the other critical Everglades restoration projects is key to both their businesses and way of life.

Meanwhile, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) is threatening to stop cooperating with the team of scientists that advises Congress about Everglades issues. As we await the outcome of the reservoir and many other Everglades restoration projects, this is a concerning development, but we are hopeful that the unity of the companies and individuals affected by the challenges in the Everglades will help continue the push forward to save this national treasure.

“It’s An Emergency In The Everglades”

“It’s an emergency in the Everglades,” said Ron Bergeron, commissioner for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Heavy rains in the past few weeks in South Florida have continued to highlight what we already know – the reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee is needed to help properly store, clean and convey fresh water. Without it, the state is left with only poor choices for how to manage the flooding, inevitably putting coastal communities, our waterways, ecosystems and many species of animals, fish and birds at grave risk. The situation is urgent, and this has to stop. We need to keep the pressure on and ensure that the reservoir is built in a timely manner so we can prevent the cycle of catastrophic drought and flooding from happening in the future.

Thank you for your continued support of our efforts.