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Lawmakers Funnel $100 Million to Florida Forever

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release, Legislative

Neglected for nearly a decade, the Florida Forever conservation program would get $100.8 million in a proposed $88.7 billion budget that lawmakers are expected to approve Sunday. Rep. Ben Albritton, a Wauchula Republican who chairs the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee, said most of the money would go for land preservation. “We started at a much lower number …

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Negotiators Settle Florida Forever

Dan Environment, Florida

Florida lawmakers have agreed on spending plans for the Florida Forever conservation program during negotiations for a new state budget. According to a story from the News Service of Florida, in a deal announced late Friday, House Appropriations Chairman Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami, and Senate Appropriations Chairman Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, said the state will provide more than $100 million in …

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Lawmakers Seek Common Ground on Florida Forever

Dan Environment, Industry News Release

Lawmakers are continuing to work on restocking Florida Forever, the state’s once-prized land preservation program. However, Florida Forever spending is shaping up to be a big part of the environmental budget differences the House and Senate will have to settle in the coming weeks. The House Agriculture & Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee on Tuesday unanimously backed a wide-ranging proposal (HB …

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Money for Springs, St. Johns River Headed for Senate Vote

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release

A measure to annually float more money into the state’s natural springs and to pump additional dollars into the St. Johns River is headed to the Senate floor for a full vote. The Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved the proposal (SB 204), sponsored by Chairman Rob Bradley, which would allocate $50 million each year for the restoration of the …

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Florida Forever Boost moving to Senate Floor

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release

A proposal that would designate $100 million a year for the Florida Forever land-preservation program is ready to go to the Senate floor. On Thursday, the Appropriations Committee unanimously backed a measure (SB 370) by Chairman Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island. The Florida Forever program, which in the past received as much as $300 million a year, has for nearly a …

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Senate Panel Backs $100 Million for Florida Forever

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release

A measure that would double the amount Gov. Rick Scott wants to spend on the state’s most-prominent land preservation program was easily approved Monday during its first Senate committee. And bill sponsor Rob Bradley, a Fleming Island Republican elevated earlier in the day to chair the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, said the state isn’t doing enough for land conservation. The …

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Agriculture, Environmental Funding Pitched

Dan Economy, Environment, Florida, Industry News Release

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam will ask state lawmakers for $75 million next year to fund a depleted program that helps shield agricultural land from development. Meanwhile, Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday he will propose spending $21 million to help struggling citrus growers reeling after Hurricane Irma. “They have one crop a year. With all the wind and the rain, it …

Cabinet Taps Florida Forever for Conservation Deals

Dan Industry News Release

by Jim Turner News Service of Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet agreed Wednesday to use $15 million from the Florida Forever program to buy 407 acres in Gilchrist County — preserving a cluster of natural springs — and to protect 6,071 acres of agricultural land in Polk and Hardee counties. Scott and Cabinet approved dipping into $75 …

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Florida Forever Update from Rep. Albritton

Dan Florida, Legislative

With just a week and a half left to the Florida legislative session, various bills continue to work their way through the process. Yesterday, Southeast AgNet Tallahassee Intern Josie Tomkow caught up with Representative Ben Albritton from District 56, which includes Hardee, Desoto, and southern Polk counties. He has an update concerning the Florida Forever program.