August 5, 2022

Casey DeSantis Kicks Off Florida Python Challenge, Touts Funding for Environment

Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis kicks off the Florida Python Challenge in Miami, Florida (August 5th, 2022).
Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis kicks off the Florida Python Challenge in Miami, Florida (August 5th, 2022).

By Eric Daugherty

August 5, 2022 Updated 3:30 P.M. ET

MIAMI (FLV) – Friday, Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis kicked off the Florida Python Challenge and touted Gov. Ron DeSantis’ “commitment to the environment.”

The Python Challenge takes place across the state as a conservation effort to protect the Everglades habitat against invasive snakes.

The competition began at 8 A.M. on Friday, August 5th, and ends at 5 P.M., August 14th.

Casey DeSantis celebrated her husband’s “commitment” to leaving Florida “better to our children and better to God than we found it.”

“All of these initiatives, and that’s just skimming the surface,” she said.

DeSantis discussed some of the governor’s environmental initiatives like helping with reservoirs, removing blue-green algae, and innovation.

“I remember the first day that he was elected I went out with him. His very first day in office was his commitment to the environment,” the First Lady said. “He pledged at the time $2.5 billion. A lot of people were saying, ‘Oh, you can’t do that. The legislature won’t support it.’ Not only did they support his initiative to prioritize their environment, they did so in spades by increasing the funding to $3.3 billion. And $1.2 billion of that is going right to the Everglades.”

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