Judge Sides with Environmentalists in Land Conservation Dispute

Dan Environment, Florida, Industry News Release

Striking a blow to the Legislature, a Tallahassee judge said state lawmakers failed to comply with a voter-approved constitutional amendment to buy and preserve environmentally sensitive lands. Ruling from the bench Friday, Leon County Circuit Judge Charles Dodson sided with environmental groups in the lawsuit centered on whether lawmakers “defied” the 2014 Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative by improperly …


Governor and Cabinet Surpass 50K Florida Acres Preserved Through RFLPP

Dan Florida, Industry News Release

The Governor and Cabinet approved the preservation of more than 8,300 acres through four cost-effective conservation easements, which prevent future development of the land and allow agricultural operations to continue to contribute to Florida’s economy. The purchases are part of the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program (RFLPP), where the state partners with Florida’s farmers and ranchers to preserve active …


Florida Forever Ready for Senate Approval

Dan Environment, Florida, Legislative

A measure to set aside $100 million a year through the Florida Forever land-preservation program moved a step closer Wednesday to Senate approval. According to a story from the News Service of Florida, the Florida Senate positioned the bill (SB 370) for a vote next week. It would use money from a 2014 voter-approved constitutional amendment aimed at increasing land …

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Rural Lands Program Could Run Short of Cash

Dan Industry News Release

by Jim Turner The News Service of Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet could spend about $8.5 million next week to conserve thousands of acres of land owned for decades by two ranching families. Such deals have become a widely used strategy in recent years to protect land from development. But the program that would pay for the …