Hell’s Bay Boatworks Thanks Florida Congressman Brian Mast for Introduction of the Everglades FIRST Bill Expediting Everglades Restoration Projects
-Bill Co-Sponsors Include Six U.S. Representatives from Florida-
(TITUSVILLE, Fla.) –Hell’s Bay Boatworks praised the unveiling of a bill by U.S. Rep. Brian Mast (FL-18) that will expedite the federal timeline for the completion of reports required before Everglades restoration projects can move forward. Bill co-sponsors include U.S. Reps. Francis Rooney (FL-19), Carlos Curbelo (FL-26), Bill Posey (FL-8), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27), Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), John Rutherford (FL-4) and Claudia Tenney (NY-22). The press release announcing the federal legislation is shown below.
The Everglades FIRST (Flow Increases Rely on Storage and Treatment) Act instructs the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to accelerate completion of required reports and construction for the Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir, Loxahatchee River Watershed Restoration Project, Lake Okeechobee Watershed Restoration Project and the Western Everglades Restoration Project.
“Congressman Mast has demonstrated impressive leadership for America’s Everglades and all Florida’s waters. The Everglades FIRST Act will help ensure Everglades restoration is a priority as it should be. Congressman Mast is proving in his first term to be a decisive leader on many issues that face our nation that need action now” said Hell’s Bay Boatworks President, Chris Peterson.
Congressman Brian Mast is in his first term representing the 18th Congressional District of Florida. Prior to his election to Congress, Brian followed in his father’s footsteps by serving in the U.S. Army for more than 12 years, earning medals including The Bronze Star Medal, The Army Commendation Medal for Valor, The Purple Heart Medal, and The Defense Meritorious Service Medal. While deployed in Afghanistan, he worked as a bomb disposal expert under the elite Joint Special Operations Command. The last improvised explosive device that he found resulted in catastrophic injuries, which included the loss of both of his legs.
In Congress, Brian strives to serve as he did on the battlefield: without regard for personal gain or personal sacrifice. He is a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where his priorities include fixing the pressing water quality issues stemming from Lake Okeechobee, and the Foreign Affairs Committee, where he uses his military expertise to help strengthen the safety and security of the United States.