Kudos to Manatee County for ecosystem restorations

July 14, 2013 

Thank you for the story "Wildlife tourism big business for Manatee County" (July 9), which highlighted the impacts of tourism on the local economy.

A recently released report reinforces the position of the National Wildlife Federation (and many others) that the economy and ecology of the Gulf region are intimately and intricately linked.

When it comes to decisions about spending funds from fines and penalties resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, it is important to fund restoration projects that will help Manatee County continue to have clear water, beautiful beaches, healthy wildlife and habitat, and abundant fish.

A healthy ecosystem will ensure our economy stays strong; restoring our environmental restores our economy. Fortunately, Manatee County is already on the right track, prioritizing projects such as Robinson Preserve restoration.

Thank you, Manatee County, for being a leader in environmental restoration in the wake of the oil spill disaster.

Jessica Koelsch, National Wildlife Federation, Gulf of Mexico Restoration, Florida SpecialistSt. Petersburg

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