As Governor Elect DeSantis prepares for his Jan. 8 inauguration, a series of advisory transition committees are meeting and talking about ways to help the Republican realize his policy goals.
The Transition Advisory Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture kicked off a week of discussions with a teleconference call last Monday afternoon. Members discussed a wide range of topics including deteriorating coral reefs, invasive species, and red tide.
Southeast Florida Republican Congressman Brian Mast, who has worked along side DeSantis in Congress, chairs the committee.
"Water is the lifeblood of our environment and certainly everything that goes into that water and that environment, for us in Florida, is the lifeblood of our community" he said, and then added "We can put this quite simply that, if we wouldn't want our kids in the bathtub with it then we probably don't want it in our waterways."
Mast says he thinks DeSantis will be known for his work on environmental issues.
"Water is a priority, the environment is a priority, Florida's natural resources are a priority for this Governor elect," he said "In my opinion personally, I think he's going to be known for his work on these issues"
Members of the public were also given the chance to speak, Jessika Arman is a real estate broker working in Sarasota and Manatee County. ”Because red card was so bad and having lived here since 1971, I smelled the death from the ocean 15 miles Inland, this is an unprecedented event and we have to do something".
She asked if DeSantis would consider forming a Citizens task force to tackle environmental issues like red tide. She went on to say "I feel like the last eight years under the current (Rick Scott) administration, we have felt like a disconnect or we haven't had a role to play, I feel very hopeful after listening to this long session and getting this opportunity to voice my thoughts"
"Your message will be clearly convey to the governor-elect, replied Mast. "I promise you that."
The Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture will hold its third and final meeting on Friday December 28th before making its recommendations to governor-elect DeSantis.
A conference call number will be provided before the meeting at www.DeSantisTransition.com.
Members of the public are invited to participate.