Habitat Restoration

Fantasy Island Secretary of the Interior Visit

Fantasy Island Secretary of the Interior Visit – On June 19, 2020, CCA Florida joined U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt for a special event commemorating the success of the Fantasy Island habitat restoration project in Tampa Bay.  Secretary Bernhardt joined JD Dickenson, Brian Gorski and Frank Gidus from CCA, Peter Clark from Tampa Bay Watch, and FWC to tour the island to learn more about this highly successful project.  After the tour of the island, Secretary Bernhardt held a press conference with CCA standing behind him at the Williams Park Boat Ramp.  He announced $32.8 million in grants with an additional non-federal match of $21.9 million for states and communities to support outdoor recreation and help boaters keep our waters clean. The funding comes from the Clean Vessels Act program and the Boating Infrastructure Grant program, both of which provide much-needed funding to communities to build and maintain facilities that help boaters keep our rivers and streams clean.  The funding is also earmarked for construction, renovation and maintenance of marinas and other boating facilities for outdoor recreation.

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