Coral Reef conservation area to be named in honor of late state Rep. Kristin Jacobs

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A South Florida coral reef conservation area will be named in honor of Kristin Jacobs, a late Broward County state representative known for championing environmental causes.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Wednesday night that renames the Southeast Coral Reef Ecosystem Conservation area after Jacobs.

State Rep. Kristin Jacobs, D-Coconut Creek, debates at the Florida Capitol.

State Rep. Kristin Jacobs, D-Coconut Creek, debates at the Florida Capitol. (South Florida Sun Sentinel)

The conservation area stretches from Martin County to Miami-Dade County, running from the St. Lucie Inlet to Biscayne National Park. It will be renamed the Kristin Jacobs Coral Reef Ecosystem Conservation Area.

“This will be a beautiful memorial to a very special Broward County champion,” said state Rep. Christine Hunschofsky, D-Parkland, who sponsored the bill in the House. “This is a fitting tribute to honor her legacy as an advocate for Florida’s environmental assets.”

State Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation, said the honor reflects Jacobs’ “legacy of environmental advocacy, preservation, and deep love for Florida’s natural treasures.”

Jacobs’ political career included stints as a Broward County commissioner, two-time mayor of Broward County and state representative for District 96, which includes Parkland and parts of Coral Springs, Coconut Creek, Margate and Pompano Beach.

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