The Florida Keys Environmental Stewardship Act was passed by the Florida State Legislature
and signed into law in 2016. It was passed after only a single session of consideration and is a significant State policy
shift towards protecting the Keys’ nearshore waters and lands that are critical
to our delicate ecosystem. It also codifies the State’s recognition of the
importance of land acquisition and water quality projects as critical needs.
The Florida Keys received $13.3 million in 2017 and $5 million in 2016 from the Stewardship Act.
state appropriations for water quality projects in the Florida Keys
the use of the local infrastructure surtaxes to include acquiring lands to satisfy takings claims