coral reef

Two pieces of federal legislation have picked up momentum this year and are making their way through the Senate and House of Representatives to bring millions of dollars into South Florida for much-needed coral research and restoration.

For generations, the coral reef has been the backbone of the Florida Keys, both economically and environmentally, and is critically important to the state as well.

In Florida, the coral reef generates $4.4 billion in expenditures a year, supports 81,300 jobs and protects $675 million a year in infrastructure from flooding and storms, according to a recent action plan by The Nature Conservancy.