News Release: Associated Press News
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- State and federal officials are meeting with environmental advocates to discuss Everglades restoration efforts.
The annual Everglades Coalition Conference continues through Sunday in Naples. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell was scheduled to deliver the keynote address Friday night after touring restoration projects in the headwaters of the Everglades north of Lake Okeechobee.
This year's conference is focused on the connections between Everglades restoration and the health of Florida's coastal environments.
Gov. Rick Scott announced in August that Florida would allocate $90 million over three years to raise a 2.6-mile stretch of the Tamiami Trail in western Miami-Dade County. The bridge restores a natural flow of water through the Everglades under the cross-state highway.
Advocates want federal officials to come up with another $90 million for the project.