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

By Ryan Smart, Special to the Tampa Bay Times March 15, 2017 Tampa Bay Times 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. Changes to Senate Bill 10, Senate President Joe Negron’s laudable effort to prevent damaging Lake […]

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Lost in translation: whatever happened to Amendment 1?

BY ROGER WILLIAMS Nathaniel Reed, a born-and-raised Florida boy, stepped out of his home on the southern terminus of the Indian Riverlagoon one early morning last week, looked up the river where he can see five miles on a clear day, and spotted a pod of dolphins. “They weren’t feeding on snook,” he says. “They […]

Environmental groups want judge to force finance officer to transfer $237 million to Amendment 1

By Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, Naples Daily News 8:34 PM, Oct 23, 2015 Environmental activists are asking a judge to order the state’s top financial officer to transfer more than $237 million to Florida’s land acquisition trust fund, the latest move in a lawsuit claiming the state misused money available for land and water conservation. Conservation groups […]

Carl Hiaasen: Brazen theft of Amendment 1 Bucks

Miami Herald: Most embezzlers try to conceal their thefts, but not in Tallahassee. The looting of Florida’s Amendment One conservation funds took place in broad daylight, orchestrated by two poker-faced swindlers named Andy Gardiner and Steve Crisafulli. Gardiner is president of the Senate. Crisafulli is speaker of the House. Remember their names, because they ripped […]

Tampa Bay Times: Environmentalists Want Surplus Funds Diverted to Amendment 1 Fund

Environmental groups are asking a Leon County judge to intervene in how the state will spend a large chunk of the $700 million in funds set aside by voters for conservation. If granted, the injunction, filed Friday by environmental law group Earthjustice on behalf of four nonprofits, would force the state to put more than […]

Environmental Group Files Suit Against Legislature over Amendment 1

from tcpalm.com State lawmakers misused almost half the money available through a constitutional amendment to conserve land and water, environmental activists claimed in a lawsuit filed Monday. A legal challenge had been expected after the Legislature passed a budget Friday that uses the largest chunk of the $740 million available through Amendment 1 to pay […]

Environmental Groups Consider Litigation following Amendment 1 Disappointment

from tcpalm.com: Environmentalists could soon go on the offense over what they describe as the Legislature’s failure to meet the intent of a constitutional amendment to boost land and water conservation.  The day after lawmakers came to an agreement over how to spend about $750 million available through Amendment 1, approved by 75 percent of […]

Former Florida Governor and Senator Bob Graham speaks out about Amendment 1 and the preservation of the Everglades.

Miami Herald OP ED Piece: If we fail the Everglades, we fail Florida’s future BY BOB GRAHAM On Dec. 6, 1947, President Harry S Truman was in Florida to celebrate the end of a 30-year struggle — and to warn us about the future. “Today we marked the achievement of another great conservation victory,” said […]

Environmental Groups to press legislators for money to buy land

tcpalm: Florida environmental groups will pressure state legislators in the upcoming special session not only for money to buy land for a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee but also for a timetable to get it done. In a phone news conference arranged by the Everglades Trust, representatives of four environmental groups said they were undeterred […]