Ileana Garcia, Bryan Avila propose commission to oversee Biscayne Bay improvement

Two Republican lawmakers are seeking greater oversight of Biscayne Bay conservation projects.

New legislation filed by Sen. Ileana Garcia and Rep. Bryan Avila would set up the Biscayne Bay Commission. That body would be made up of local government officials, environmental experts and other local representatives.

“When I was sworn in to the Florida Senate last November, I made a promise to my constituents to be a champion for our precious and unique environment. I want to see the beautiful Biscayne Bay protected and preserved for generations to come,” Garcia said.

“In order to achieve this, we must be united and strategic as we take these critical steps towards recovery. The formation of the Biscayne Bay Commission, through SB 1482, will make certain our approach is both responsible and effective as we work to rescue the Bay and ensure its resiliency.”

As explained in the proposed bill, the commission would be “the official coordinating clearinghouse for all public policy and projects related to Biscayne Bay to unite all governmental agencies, businesses, and residents in the area to speak with one voice on bay issues; to develop coordinated plans, priorities, programs, projects, and budgets that might substantially improve the bay area;

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