NEWS CLIPS: CABINET APPROVES FLORIDA FOREVER WORK PLAN
The Florida Forever Coalition was featured in numerous news outlets regarding yesterday’s Cabinet hearing at the Capitol in Tallahassee.
“It’s time to put some money back into Florida Forever,” said Eric Draper, executive director of Audubon Florida…
After meeting Cabinet aides last week, Janet Bowman of The Nature Conservancy said there was little land acquisition this past year despite an $8.3 million appropriation from the Legislature last spring and the money available from prior years.
“The legislature graciously provided funding during a difficult budget year,” she said. “We hope that funding is spent on the priorities they are going to vote on (Tuesday).”
‘We think that anything less than $100 million means they are not serious about the program,” said Audubon of Florida director Eric Draper. “Were not trying to be greedy, but we are trying to kick-start the program.”
Eric Draper, executive director of Audubon Florida, said Florida will be paying off the last of a series of previous environmental bonds — called Preservation 2000 — in the coming year, freeing up a potential $250 million for annual land purchases.
“It’s time to invest in land conservation,” Draper said. “That puts us in the perfect position to get back to protecting the places that make Florida special.”
“There is no reason the state can’t be back in the land acquisition business,” said Eric Draper, executive director of Audubon of Florida.
Draper added that for Scott and the Legislature to approve anything less than “$100 million next year means they’re not serious about the program.”