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1999-55 Urging Governor to be Dedicated to Restoration of Florida Everglades RESOLUTION NO. 99-55 A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF PARKLAND, FLORIDA, URGING GOVERNOR BUSH AND THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO REMAIN DEDICATED TO THE RESTORATION OF THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES AND TO MEET THE STATE'S FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF SUCH; WHEREAS, the City Commission of the City of Parkland, Florida finds and determines that the Florida Everglades is a vital part of Florida:s heritage and is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the world's most significant but imperiled ecosystems; and WHEREAS, the economic and environmental sustainability of South Florida is dependent upon a healthy Everglades ecosystem; and WHEREAS, the State of Florida's economic health is dependent upon finding a balance in meeting the needs of the urban, agricultural and natural areas; and WHEREAS, adequate water supplies for five million residents are dependent upon restoration of the Everglades; and WHEREAS, pursuant to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), federal, state and local governments have devoted great amounts of money, time and energy to developing a Comprehensive Plan to Restore the Everglades, also known as the Restudy; and WHEREAS, the Restudy will improve South Florida's natural resources, enhance water supply, enrich the quality of life and maintain the economy and is the key to a sustainable South Florida; and WHEREAS, components of the Restudy provide specific benefits to the City of Parkland residents such as a buffer between the urban areas and the Everglades, stormwater treatment areas to clean up pollution, reservoirs to enhance future water supply demands and the restoration of Water Conservation Areas in western Broward County; and WHEREAS, the Restudy is expected to cost eight billion dollars and the Water Resources Development Act mandates a 50/50 cost sharing between the State of Florida and Congress; and RESOLUTION NO. 99-55 PAGE 2 WHEREAS, the State of Florida share is estimated to be $200 million per year for twenty years; and WHEREAS, pursuant to the WRDA of 1996, the Restudy was presented to Congress on July 1, 1999; and WHEREAS, the implementation of the Restudy is at a decisive point where State legislation is a key to moving restoration forward; and WHEREAS, the Governor of the State of Florida recently announced that State legislation intended to fund and implement the Restudy would henceforth be entitled the Everglades Restoration Act; and WHEREAS, the upcoming Florida Legislature is expected to adopt legislation to meet the State's financial responsibility to fund the Everglades Restoration Act, a decision that will significantly impact the taxpayers and environment of South Florida for decades; and WHEREAS, whatever portion of the $200 million per year that the State of Florida does not commit to through legislation, South Florida taxpayers will be expected to pay; and WHEREAS, the City Commission of the City of Parkland has determined that Everglades Restoration is a priority and important to the future of Broward County. NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF PARKLAND, FLORIDA: Section 1. That the appropriate City officials hereby urges Governor Bush and the Florida Legislature to remain dedicated to the restoration of the Florida Everglades and Section 2. The City Commission of the City of Parkland urges Governor Bush and the Florida Legislature to meet the State's financial responsibilities for Everglades Restoration by providing a dedicated funding source that is fair and equitable to Broward County taxpayers and all Floridians with the goal of $200 million per year for twenty years. Section 3. That this Resolution shall become In full force and effect immediately upon its passage and adoption. PASSED AND ADOPTED THIS 1st DAY OF December , 1999. RESOLUTION NO. 99-55 PAGE 3 ATTEST: ~~ ;t:~~d:; HELEN LYNOTT,~.M.C./A.A.E CITY CLERK CITY OF PARKLAND, FLORIDA sd:! ~ SAL AGLIA YOR ~s~~~ I[ ,~({ Lori Nance Parrish~ Comm~ioner BOARD OF OOUNTY COMMISSIONERS Marilyn DeCosta, Administrative Assistant Janice A. Tuzzio, Administrative Coordinator (954) 357-7005 · FAX (954) 357-7044 E-mail address:lparrish@co.broward.fl.us October 28, 1999 The Honorable SaI Pagliara Mayor, City of Parkland 6500 Parkside Drive Parkla d, FL 3306 week's Broward League of CitieslBroward County Commission Legislative Workshop we agreed to include funding of Everglades Restoration and the Restudy as a priority for the 2000 Legislative Session. Attached is Resolution No. ] 999-1457, that was unanimously adopted by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners at our October 26th meeting. I am writing to request that the City of Parkland adopt a similar Resolution in order for us to show a unified lobbying effort in Tallahassee, and would appreciate a copy of your resolution sent to my office. Thank you for your support and interest with this very important issue. Please do not hesitate to call me if you have any questions or comments regarding this request. Sincerely, Lori Nance Parrish Commissioner, District 5 LNP:PMlclo h: Iwp Imadi.,ol'lparrish Iloc]esofrm Attachment cc: Broward County Board of County Commissioners Roger 1. Desjarlais, County Administrator Maureen Berk, President, Broward League of Cities Eileen K. W. Cudney, Executive Director, Broward League of Cities Pamela L. Madison, Director, Office of Public and Governmental Relations Steve Somerville, Director, Department of Planning and Environmental Protection BROWARD COUNTY GOVERNMENTAL CENTER . 115 SOUTH ANDREWS AVENUE. ROOM 410 . FORT LAUDERDALE. FLORIDA 33301 EXHIBIT "I" 1 2 3 4 5 WHEREAS, the Florida Everglades is a vital part of Florida's heritage and is 6 recognized nationally and internationally as one of the world's most significant but imperiled 7 ecosystems; and 8 WHEREAS, the economic and environmental sustainability of South Florida is 9 dependent upon a healthy Everglades ecosystem; and 10 WHEREAS, the State of Florida's economic health is dependent upon finding a 11 balance in meeting the needs of the urban, agricultural and natural areas; and 12 WHEREAS, adequate water supplies for five million residents are dependent upon 13 restoration of the Everglades; and 14 WHEREAS, pursuant to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), federal, 15 state and local governments have devoted great amounts of money, time and energy to 16 developing a Comprehensive Plan to Restore the Everglades, also known as the Restudy; 17 and 18 WHEREAS, the Restudy will improve South Florida's natural resources, enhance 19 water supply, enrich the quality of life and maintain the economy and is the key to a 20 sustainable South Florida; and 21 WHEREAS, components of the Restudy provide specific benefits to Broward County 22 residents such as a buffer between the urban areas and the Everglades, stormwater 23 treatment areas to clean up pollution, reservoirs to enhance future water supply demands 24 and the restoration of Water Conservation Areas in western Broward County; and RESOLUTION 1999- 1457 THE RESTUDY/EVERGLADES RESTORATION ACT FUNDING RESOLUTION 1 WHEREAS, the Restudy is expected to cost eight billion dollars and the Water 2 Resources Development Act mandates a SO/50 cost sharing between the State of Florida 3 and Congress; and 4 WHEREAS, the State of Florida share is estimated to be $200 million per year for 5 twenty years; and 6 WHEREAS, pursuant to the WRDA of 1996, the Restudy was presented to Congress 7 on July 1, 1999; and 8 WHEREAS, the implementation of the Restudy is at a decisive point where State 9 legislation is a key to moving restoration forward; and 10 WHEREAS, the Governor of the State of Florida recently announced that State 11 legislation intended to fund and implement the Restudy would henceforth be entitled the 12 Everglades Restoration Act; and 13 WHEREAS, the upcoming Florida Legislature is expected to adopt legislation to meet 14 the State's financial responsibility to fund the Everglades Restoration Act, a decision that will 15 significantly impact the taxpayers and environment of South Florida for decades; and 16 WHEREAS, whatever portion of the $200 million per year that the State of Florida 17 does not commit to through legislation, South Florida taxpayers will be expected to pay; and 18 WHEREAS, the Board of Broward County Commissioners has determined that 19 Everglades Restoration is a priority and important to the future of Broward County. 20 21 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY 22 COMMISSIONERS OF BROWARD COUNTY, FLORIDA: 23 24 -2- 1 Section 1. That the Board of County Commissioners urges Governor Bush and the 2 Florida Legislature t9 remain dedicated to the restoration of the Florida Everglades and 3 Section 2. The Board of County Commissioners urges Governor Bush and the 4 Florida Legislature to meet the State's financial responsibilities for Everglades Restoration 5 by providing a dedicated funding source that is fair and equitable to Broward County 6 taxpayers and all Floridians with the goal of $100 million per year for twenty years. 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 .. 19 20 21 22 SLCllt #99-056 23 10/21/99 H:\DA T A\D IV2\SLC\SLC99\everglades.r01 24 -3- STATE OF FLORIDA) ) SS COUNTY OF BROWARD ) I, ROGER J. DESJARLAIS, County Administrator, in and for Broward County, Florida, and Ex-Officio Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners of said County, DO HEREBY CERTIFY that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of Resolution 1999-1457 as the same appears of record in the minutes of a said meeting of said Board of County Commissioners held on the 26th day of October 1999. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and official seal this 27th day of October 1999. ~!!'.v,'; ~...".'" I'. f",f' ~ "\'i, ". "~'f{, A''''"' .......... ',) ('\ ,.,...v ,.. "~... t. ~, :.. ,v.. ..o!. (.j ... CREA TFti.. 1. \ i OCT' 18"r : ~ i I." .. \ \~ 1915 i! j (J) J s ..~ J...: : '\ ... q" i~. -., . ... ...~~ ~ -'-410" '.~""'.l.... , .., ""1', "'~ _'.,. K .. .'J I." :, t_1....."..~..,... ROGER J. DESJARLAIS COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR BY!1iJ* l k'r.r Deputy Clerk ' (SEAL)