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TO: Chapter Presidents,
PLEASE get this message to as many folks as possible through your chapter e-mails list, your electronic communications person, your conservation chair, etc. Our Senators must hear from us NOW! The message is clear. All the details below. Thank you!
Here’s the message:
“I am one of 4.2 million voters who voted yes for Amendment 1. I believed when voting for the amendment that it would increase funding for Florida Forever, land conservation, springs, and the Everglades. Please support amendments on the Senate floor to use Amendment 1 funds for land conservation"
From: Webber, Jonathan
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2015 2:38 PM
To: Sulek, Jacqui
Subject: USE THIS ONE - TAKE ACTION: Urge Your Senator to Support Important Florida Forever Amendments
Dear Audubon Chapter Leader,
The Florida Senate will vote on their Appropriations bill on Wednesday, April 1. This bill includes funds for voter-approved Amendment 1 dollars. During floor debate, two Senators will offer amendments that will dramatically improve appropriations for Florida Forever.
Please encourage your chapter members, colleagues, and friends to call their local State Senator right now to urge them to vote in favor of these two amendments. Important - please mention specific Florida Forever properties if possible. A list is provided below.
Please see the full alert below and then forward to your contacts.
Audubon Florida Policy Team
Budget Bills Short Water and Land Conservation
The House and Senate Appropriations Committees completed work on state budgets and remain far apart on a range of issues including how to spend voter approved Amendment 1 dollars. Both budget bills shift routine agency expenses such as administration and wildlife law enforcement into the Land Acquisition Trust Fund. Appropriations bills go to the full House and Senate on Wednesday.
HB 5001 and HB 5003 – House Appropriations and Appropriations Implementing Bills
The House uses Florida Forever bonding authority to generate $200 million for water resource development projects, easements on agricultural lands, springs land acquisition and restoration projects, water quality projects of Kissimmee River restoration. Of the funds the House budget announcement suggested that $10 million could be used for projects on the Florida Forever list. All $200 million is conditioned on the HB 7003 – the water bill - becoming law.
SB 2500 and 2502 – Senate Appropriations and Appropriations Implementing Bills
The Senate does not use bonding and only provides $2 million for Florida Forever. The bill does match the $20 million for Kissimmee River restoration in the House Bill and funds Everglades related water quality along with projects to support the C-44 and C-43 reservoirs to help coastal estuaries.
When the Senate Appropriations Committee considered the bill Senator Thad Altman (R-Cape Canaveral) offered and then withdrew an amendment to fund Florida Forever at historic levels. Altman promised to return to the issue when the bill hits the Senate floor. Senate Democratic Leader Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa) also offered an amendment to shift $80 million from other capital expenses to Florida Forever. She withdrew the amendment but promises to return to the issue on the Senate Floor.
For more information on Amendment 1, please click here to see an article from the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
Take Action Now
Call your Senators and urge them to Use Amendment 1 Funds for Florida Forever. Click here to find the contact information for your State Senator.
Call their Tallahassee office and say, “I am one of 4.2 million voters who voted yes for Amendment 1. I believed when voting for the amendment that it would increase funding for Florida Forever, land conservation, springs, and the Everglades. Please support amendments on the Senate floor to use Amendment 1 funds for land
Below is a list of some of the Florida Forever projects that could be completed with Amendment 1 dollars. If a project is in your Senator's district, please mention the project by name and tell the person on the phone that you want to see this land protected.
Florida Forever Project Name/Districts
Bombing Range Ridge/Grimsley
Wekiva - Ocala Greenway/Hays, Hukill
Lake Wales Ridge Ecosystem/Galvano, Grimsley, Hays, Stargel
Florida's First Magnitude Springs/Dean, Hays, Montford, Simpson
Northeast Fla Timberlands & Watershed Reserve/Bean, Bradley, Gibson
Indian River Lagoon Blueway/Altman, Gardiner, Negron
Lower Suwannee River and Gulf Watershed/Dean
Myakka Ranchlands/Detert, Galvano
St. Joe Timberland/Gaetz, Montford
Terra Ceia/Galvano, Joyner
Charlotte Harbor Estuary OR/Benaquisto
Green Swamp /Latvala, Lee, Stargel
Dade County Archipelago Florida Forever BOT Project - Tropical Hammocks of the Redlands - Maddens Hammock/Garcia, Braynon, de la Portilla
Annutteliga Hammock/Dean, Simpson
Brevard Coastal Scrub Ecosystem/Altman, Gardiner
Florida Keys Ecosystem/Bullard
Northeast Florida Blueway/Bean, Gibson
Wakulla Springs Protection Zone/Montford
Tiger Cattle Company Ranch/Grimsley
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