Advocacy & Legislation

SWFL Inc. is committed to advocating at the local, state and federal levels to improve Southwest Florida’s quality of life and to serve as a catalyst for positive change impacting business, environment and tourism.

2021 Legislative Priorities

Water Quality

  • We support consistent sustained funding levels for priority Everglades Restoration projects including the Everglades Agricultural Area reservoir to accomplish the objective of sending clean water south as quickly as possible; the C-43 Reservoir project and associated water quality treatment along the Caloosahatchee; and implementation of other critical storage and water quality infrastructure projects north, south, east, and west of Lake Okeechobee.
  • We support legislative actions implementing the Blue-Green Algae Task Force’s recommendations that aim to reduce nutrient pollution from all sources, in order to protect the public, businesses, and the environment from harmful algal blooms.
  • We support strengthening stormwater standards for urban landscapes (statewide stormwater rule update and ratification) and agricultural runoff, particularly for nutrient pollution from nitrogen and phosphorus that feeds harmful algal blooms.
  • We support funding for and plans to upgrade and build advanced wastewater treatment (AWT) to reduce nutrients in reuse/reclaimed irrigation water with monitoring of nutrient concentrations.
  • We support the establishment of statewide septic tank inspection and maintenance requirements.
  • We support funding for local governments to implement water quality improvement projects in their jurisdictions, such as upgrades to advanced wastewater treatment systems and other wastewater infrastructure, septic-to-sewer conversions, projects to meet Total Maximum Daily Load and Basin Management Action Plan requirements, and other meaningful actions to reduce nutrient pollution.

Workforce Housing

  • We support developing policies that increase attainable housing opportunities for our community members, including zoning changes to incentivize multi-unit development. Ex: Lehigh Acres was created with pre-platted lots, making it difficult to develop multi-unit or mixed use projects. A local bill is needed to change this. By removing the pre-platted requirements, developers and builders could be incentivized to develop housing that is more affordable for workers.
  • We support fully funding the Sadowski housing trust funds in the 2019-20 fiscal year.

Transportation

  • We support the creation of increased funding and heightened priority for Southwest Florida transportation projects and studies as part of Florida Department of Transportation planning while remaining consistent with existing property rights.
  • We support Priority transportation projects include interstate and bridge improvements, rail, and major highway and aviation projects that support the regional economy.
We Want to Hear From You

If you have a community issue you’d like us to address please let us know.