Recently, Orvis CEO Perk Perkins (r) met with Florida Governor Rick Scott (l) to discuss efforts to save the Everglades. Other CEOs from around the State of Florida—including Scott Deal, CEO of Maverick Boats, and Rob Kramer of the International Game and Fish Association—also joined Perkins.

Written by: Perk Perkins, CEO of the Orvis Company. 

CEOs from around the State of Florida have banded together to advocate on behalf of one of the world’s great ecological treasures, the Everglades, as this irreplaceable ecosystem hangs in the balance both environmental and economically.

Our meetings at the Capitol with Governor Rick Scott and members of the Florida Legislature are to ask for their leadership this legislative session to see through a long-term and permanent solution to the tragic decline of the Everglades. Senate Bill 10, introduced by Senator Rob Bradley, and House Bill 761, introduced by Representative Thad Altman, call for funding to increase storage, treatment, and conveyance of water south of Lake Okeechobee. This is the answer we need to solve a problem that has existed for decades and is accelerating in its destruction of the Everglades.

Our message is simple: Florida must act now. We urge the Governor and the legislature to take advantage of the opportunity we have this session to save this unique and spectacular ecosystem that is a symbol of Florida and an engine of our state’s economy.

If you have not yet done so, please sign the #NowOrNeverglades Declaration to show your support for these efforts.

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