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Column: Use Amendment 1 money as intended — to conserve Florida’s natural land | Tampa Bay Times

St. Johns Riverkeeper states:

Senate Bill 10: A good water bill has just gone bad. Currently, “despite the good intention of the bill’s supporters in and out of the Legislature, all those who voted for Amendment 1 in 2014 should oppose the current version of Senate Bill 10.”

“Florida voters intended Amendment 1, first and foremost, to restore Florida Forever funding. They also intended it to restore the flow of fresh water to America’s Everglades and protect coastal estuaries. These are not conflicting, but complementary, goals and the Senate is wrong for pitting one against the other. They can, and must, do better. They can, and must, do both.

The Senate should drop the damaging amendment adopted last week and offer the people of Florida exactly what they voted for in 2014: immediate funding to purchase lands south of Lake Okeechobee, and a guarantee that from now until the end of Amendment 1 no less than 25 percent of the dollars set aside by voters in 2014 will go toward protecting conservation lands through the Florida Forever and Florida Communities Trust programs.”

Last week the Florida Senate betrayed the intent of Florida voters who overwhelmingly passed Amendment 1, the Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment, in 2014.

Source: Column: Use Amendment 1 money as intended — to conserve Florida’s natural land | Tampa Bay Times

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