Florida Forever Needs Urgent Help

Florida Forever, Florida’s conservation land acquisition program is threatened for the second year in a row with no funding.  The Governor recommended $15 million in his legislative budget for next year.  However the House Appropriations Bill does not include any funds for the program.  The Senate Appropriation Bill has not yet been released.  Unless the Senate bill includes funds for Florida Forever, there is no chance of any funding again next year.  If the Senate includes funds in its appropriations bill, then a final decision on funding for the program will be made in conference between the House and Senate.  Therefore, it is critical that the Senate include funding in its appropriations bill.

The Governor also recommended $40 million for Everglades Restoration.  The House Appropriations Bill includes $30 million for the program.  It is important that the Senate include funds for the program in its appropriations bill to assure funding.
Florida Forever has been the most successful and highly acclaimed conservation land acquisition program in the Nation.  We need to do all we can to keep it alive and funded.

It is crucial that you contact members of the Senate Budget Committee and urge them to include $15 million in its budget for Florida Forever, as the Governor recommended.  Also urge them to include $40 million for Everglades Restoration, as the Governor recommended. 

Please contact the following senators: Chair, Senate Budget Committee,Senator JD Alexander (R)Vice Chair: Senator Joe Negron (R)Chair: Senate Budget Sub-Committee on General Government Appropriations, Senator Alan Hays (R)Vice Chair: Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto (R)and members:Senator Oscar Braynon, II (D)Senator Larcenia J. Bullard (D)Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla (R),Senator Audrey Gibson (D)Senator Dennis L. Jones D.C. (R), and Senator Jack Latvala (R).

Estus Whitfield