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 […]

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 […]

Water Expert Mark Perry: Send Water South from Lake O

From tcpalm.com: Guest Column from Mark Perry, Executive Director of Florida Oceanographic Society If you are getting perfect drainage and the perfect amount of water for irrigation, of course you want to keep the status quo. When the dam was built around Lake Okeechobee in 1930, it stopped the flow of water from the lake […]

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 […]

tcpalm: Sen. Negron Likely Can’t Secure $500 Million to move Lake O Water South

A proposal to reduce Lake Okeechobee discharges is likely dead this year after lawmakers decided they won’t use the state’s credit card to pay for environmental projects. Sen. Joe Negron’s plan to finance up to $500 million to buy land south of the lake to build a reservoir to move excess water away from the […]

Guest commentary: Water storage is the heart of Everglades restoration

By: Eric Eikenberg, CEO of The Everglades Foundation Last month, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) voted to forgo purchasing U.S. Sugar-owned land to build a vital reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA). This decision is a setback to Everglades restoration and communities enduring damaging discharges of polluted Lake […]

Editorial: Florida Lawmakers should remove dancing shoes, get serious with Amendment 1

By Editorial Board, TC PALM.COM The Tallahassee Two-Step. It’s the political version of The Twist, The Dougie, The Macarena and Gangnam Style — dance crazes that swept the nation. The Tallahassee Two-Step arrived in the halls of the state Capitol during the regular legislative session. Environmentally minded Floridians are watching to see if this latest […]

Tampa Tribute | Editorial: Historic contempt for voters

Years from now, history will cruelly judge this colossally dysfunctional Florida Legislature — but not primarily because of the Senate and House conflict over Medicaid, which caused Speaker Steve Crisafulli to abruptly adjourn early in a fit of pique. Granted, the action made the House leadership look ridiculous. But childish antics are not novel in […]

Martin County Taxpayers Association: State officials appear to have own agenda with Amendment 1

The Florida Senate and House have released their draft budgets. Unfortunately, it appears neither has correctly interpreted the will of voters concerning the use of Amendment 1 funds. While 75 percent of voters agreed to amend the Florida Constitution, they made their decision based on the following (abbreviated) language: Amendment 1 “funds the Land Acquisition […]

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Vote Yes on 1! On November 4th, you have an opportunity to protect our drinking water for generations to come! The Water and Land Conservation Amendment will: *Protect our drinking water. *Preserve our rivers and streams. *Save our lands. *All with NO new taxes. Amendment 1 is our best opportunity to keep pollution out of […]