Tampa Bay Times: Florida Forever conservation program hangs in the balance
Florida has always measured growth by population and housing booms, not by land left undeveloped. Ranching scenes like this one don’t make tourist postcards, but they are important for the future of the state’s wildlife and water — and hence, for all of us. And they are increasingly under threat. Florida Forever has a chance to save places like this, keeping them in private hands yet not paved over. Though it’s not clear if legislators see the promise of acting now— or more important, the peril of waiting.