Gov. DeSantis holds news conference in Naples

Event held at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

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NAPLES, Fla. – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference Tuesday in Naples.

The event was held at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

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Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Shawn Hamilton and Chief Science Officer Dr. Mark Rains joined the governor.

The news conference comes a day after DeSantis proposed a $25 million investment to repair Miami’s Freedom Tower, a historic building also known as the “Ellis Island of the South,” where Cuban refugees received government help after leaving the communist island.

DeSantis said the amount will be included as part of his legislative budget recommendations. The Republican governor said the 96-year-old tower needs urgent structural repairs, but the money also will be used to redesign the exhibits to welcome more visitors.

Meanwhile, the Florida legislature is holding a special session this week to discuss proposals to let workers opt out of COVID-19 vaccine mandates and allow parents to sue schools with masking requirements.