Newly formed Everglades protection coalition includes Rep. Harrell (R-Stuart)

The politicians – three Democrats and two Republicans – said issues  surrounding the ecosystem rise above party and merit a special group within the  Legislature to keep the focus on restoration measures as budget constraints  might push it out of the limelight.

“No one is happy with the pace at which the Everglades are being restored,”  said Rep. Steve Perman, D-Boca Raton, who is organizing the caucus with Sen.  Thad Altman, R-Viera. They were joined by Sen. Maria Lorts Sachs, D-Delray  Beach; Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart; and Rep. Lori Berman, D-Delray Beach.

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