Advocacy

Community Development

SWFL Inc. plays a key role in community development and has partnered with other local Chambers to take on the biggest challenges businesses are currently facing so you can focus on growing yours. 

The Southwest Florida Alliance of Chambers is a coalition of Southwest Florida Chambers of Commerce 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.

business advocacy

2021 Legislative Priorities

  • 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.

Southwest Florida Alliance of Chambers