President Donald Trump's trip to Florida today is focused on the deterioration of a dike located in the southern part of the Sunshine State.
The Herbert Hoover Dike, a 143-mile earthen dam that surrounds Lake Okeechobee, has been blamed for ongoing environmental and public health issues.
The Trump administration announced offering $63 million in funding to repair it. Florida Democrats and Republicans openly stated the project cost should equal around $200 million.
According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, repairs could help manage the release of the lake’s polluted waters into the ocean through the St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers. They also said fixing it could prevent the states toxic algae blooms that have clogged waterways, killed marine life and threatened Florida’s tourism industry.
President Trump will be joined on today's tour with Florida Republicans Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sens. Rick Scott and Marco Rubio and Congressman Brian Mast.
After the meeting, POTUS 45 mentioned he will spending the weekend at his private Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach.