A recent study conducted by Duke University found that environmental staffing in Florida could be aided by a passage of the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2011 (RESTORE Act).
The Sunshine State News reports the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is expected to meet this week to discuss the legislation, which the Duke study says could significantly boost a number of local businesses.
"Long-term ecosystem restoration would be an economic grand slam, because it both protects current jobs in key Florida industries - like fishing, tourism and shipping - and creates new jobs," added Jackie Prince Roberts, director of sustainable technologies for the Environmental Defense Fund.
A boost to environmental staffing could further benefit the economy of South Florida in particular, where the unemployment rate fell from 10.7 percent to 10 percent in October, reported the South Florida Business Journal. According to the news source, the state's overall unemployment rate dipped from 10.6 percent to 10.3 percent, its lowest level in 28 months.