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The Southeast Coral Reef Ecosystem Conservation Area could be named in honor of the late Rep. Kristin Jacobs if a pair of newly filed bills get traction.
Sen. Lauren Book and Rep. Christine Hunschofsky filed bills Tuesday (HB 217 and SB 588) to rename the state waters stretching from the St. Lucie Inlet to the northern boundary of the Biscayne National Park as the “Kristin Jacobs Coral Reef Ecosystem Conservation Area.”
Jacobs was a member of the House who built a career centered on climate and resiliency policy. She was also a former Broward County Commissioner and two-time Broward Mayor. The Coconut Creek Democrat died in 2020 after a yearslong battle with cancer.
She was a tireless fighter for Florida’s waterways until the end. In the 2020 Session, the Legislature approved one of her longtime priorities — a ban on the shark fin trade — and named it in her honor.
“Kristin not only fought to preserve Florida’s natural treasures, she worked hard to ensure public access to and enjoyment of those resources whenever and wherever she could,” said Book, who worked with Jacobs on many legislative initiatives, including women’s rights and environmental issues.
Hunschofsky, who succeeded Jacobs in House District 96, said she was honored to sponsor the companion bill.
“Kristin understood both the economic and ecological benefits to this coral reef area and helped ensure its protection by having it designated as an important conservation area. This is a fitting tribute to forever honor and recognize her legacy of protecting this vital Florida asset,” she said.
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