Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, senior member of the Florida Congressional Delegation, is pleased to have cosponsored a measure to reauthorize the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) of 1972. As the Co-Chair of the National Marine Sanctuaries Caucus, Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen understands the compelling need for management of the precious coastal areas across our nation, our State of Florida and in her Congressional district.
The CZMA authorizes grants to states and territories to develop and implement coastal management programs addressing pressures associated with urban development.
The CZMA establishes a strong partnership between the coastal states and the federal government by extending the authorization of federal funds by Congress to promote coastal planning and environmental stewardship of our natural resources.
Said Ros-Lehtinen, "Urban encroachment on our coastal areas is a serious issue and one that is prevalent in my district as all of it borders the coast starting in north Miami Beach running down South through Key West. I believe re-authorizing this bill is good public policy because it strikes the right balance on development and safeguarding our natural coastal areas.
As our population increases and moves towards the coasts, we need to continue looking for innovative ways between all levels of government to assure that we meet the needs of those we represent but also safeguard our environment making sure it is not damaged by our growth. This reauthorization is a step in that direction."