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1. Rooney fights for funding

Rep. Francis Rooney said he remains optimistic about increased funding in the 2018 federal budget for Florida’s massive public works project, despite President Donald Trump’s initial proposal last month to cut money for water projects by $1 billion.

“We’re going to have a tremendous fight on our hands to get whatever we can get,” the first-term Republican said Thursday after meeting with Everglades Foundation officials in his Capitol Hill office.

The federal government has appropriated a total of $737 million over previous years for the Central Everglades Restoration Plan.The state, which has contributed about $1.4 billion of its share, is counting on an additional $4.2 billion from Washington.

The money would be used to pay for design and construction of key components of a project aimed at restoring the Everglades to its original water flow patterns southward

2. Naples area leads nation with the healthiest diets

The Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island metro areas have the healthiest eating habits in the nation with more than 75 percent of residents reporting healthy eating, according to a report published by Gallup-Sharecare.

The “2016 Community Rankings for Healthy Eating” report examines a wide range of eating habits across the nation.

Three other Florida communities made it in the report. The North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton area ranked 16. Ocala ranked 13 and the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area ranked 11.

toward Florida Bay and away from communities along Florida’s east and west coasts.

3. Power outage caused by barge

Two boating citations have been issued in connection to a power outage Monday morning on Marco Island.

The outage caused the water distribution pressure to fall below 20 psi for approximately 50 seconds, according to a report from the Marco Island Police Department. A precautionary boil water notice was announced shortly after the incident and lifted just before 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The outage occurred around 8:40 a.m. when, according to the MIPD, a marine barge came into contact with power lines at 815 Rose Court. No injuries were reported in connection with the incident. Power was restored to the island by 9 a.m.

In an email, MIPD says the barge is owned by Duane Thomas Marine Construction of Marco Island.

Police say William R. Rans, 27, of Naples, an employee of the company was piloting the boat/barge combination. Rans was issued two boating citations: Failure to maintain a proper lookout and no boater education card.

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