President Trump at the Herbert Hoover Dike: More Money for the Everglades ‘Coming Soon’
By Nancy Smith, Sunshine State News // April 1, 2019
president took control of the agenda during his visit to the crumbling 143-mile earthen dike
(SUNSHINE STATE NEWS) – South Florida media were unsuccessful Friday putting President Donald Trump on the defensive over underfunding the massive Herbert Hoover Dike-repair project.
The president took control of the agenda during his visit to the crumbling 143-mile earthen dike at Canal Point, and he never relinquished it.
Appearing with Florida’s top political leaders — Gov. Ron DeSantis and U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott — Trump kept his Everglades comments upbeat and vague.
Despite the joint request of Florida leaders for $200 million to speed up dike improvements, the Administration only put $63 million in Trump’s budget for the project.
The president said the project is “important in terms of safety,” and touted the joint efforts of federal and state authorities as “a great project for Florida. …
“This project was dying until we got involved,” Trump said. “We are making it stronger than it would have ever been.”
Pressed on the need for more funding, he said, “It’s coming soon. And a lot more than you would ever believe. …”
Meanwhile, Everglades farmers, in a statement by the group EAA Farmers, Inc., thanked Trump for his “commitment to infrastructure and environmental funding.”
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