For decades, one of Florida’s top environmental challenges has been the restoration of the Everglades. Recent events such as voter approval of Amendment 1, the Lake Okeechobee water releases and the expansion of algae blooms have brought the issue to a high point.
Sometimes strategic change in public policy requires a change in our traditional vocabulary - or at least a clearer understanding of the terms used to discuss the issue. This is certainly the case with criminal justice reform initiatives. There is a large bipartisan base advocating for significant reform in our criminal justice system.
What singular policy issue has lingered in Florida, despite having been discussed for decades, hotly debated in multiple legislative sessions, and subject to expensive lobbying efforts? What issue has induced emotional pleas, received billions of dollars to spend on planning and projects, and continues to be a costly and complex effort? If you answered, “Restoring the Everglades” you win the prize.