A priority of Gov. Ron DeSantis to permanently set up a statewide office to address the impacts of climate change is back before the state Senate.
Sen. Jason Brodeur, R-Sanford, on Monday filed a bill (SB 1940) that would establish within the governor’s office the Statewide Office of Resiliency, which would be run by the chief resilience officer.
A similar proposal during the 2020 legislative session drew unanimous support in the Senate but didn’t pass the House. A 2021 proposal didn’t get through committees.
DeSantis used an executive order to create the Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection within the Department of Environmental Protection days after he became governor in January 2019.
DeSantis has requested $550 million for coastal resiliency as part of his budget proposal for the 2022-2023 fiscal year.
In November, DeSantis named Wesley Brooks, who had served as director of federal affairs at the state Department of Environmental Protection, as chief resilience officer. Julia Nesheiwat, who was hired by DeSantis in 2019 as Florida’s first chief resilience officer, left in 2020 for a federal job.
Brodeur’s bill is filed for the legislative session that will start Tuesday.
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