Florida Conservation Coalition asks for help to request increased funding for Florida Forever

 

 

From The Florida Conservation Coalition, Founder and Chairman, Bob Graham; Vice-Chairmen, Nathaniel Pryor Reed & Lee Constantine:

The vast majority of voters in Florida’s 2014 election, 4,238,739 people (74.96%), voted for the Water and Land Conservation Amendment (Amendment 1). The people believed this would help protect Florida and its future by acquiring the most precious remaining natural places in our state. The 2016 Legislature, however, recently agreed on a budget contrary to the will of the people that will provide only very little money to the Florida Forever land acquisition program statewide.

We have two simple requests:

To conservation organizations throughout the state: Ask your members to call or write their legislators and request that they fund Florida Forever at a minimum of $300 million in 2016 and every year throughout the duration of Amendment 1.

To everyone: Call or write to your legislators and ask them to allocate at least $300 million from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to the Florida Forever program for 2016 and beyond. Then ask your friends and neighbors to do the same. (A copy of a suggested template is below.)

State Senator (District 21)
State Senator (District 32)
State House of Representatives (District 82)
State House of Representatives (District 83)

Your Governor and Legislature didn’t listen to you last year and they’re not listening now.

Time is of the essence. The Legislature will vote to finalize the budget this Friday, March 11th. Please act quickly.

Dear [Senator/Representative],

 

I believe it’s important for Florida to acquire our most precious remaining natural lands to protect our water, fish and wildlife, and other natural resources. The passage of the Water and Land Conservation Amendment (Amendment 1) is strong proof that the vast majority of Florida voters feel the same way I do.

 

As your constituent, I am asking you to please increase funding for the Florida Forever program in this year’s budget to $300 million for statewide land acquisition as Floridians wish.

 

Thank you for your time.

 

Sincerely,

 

[Your Name]

[Your Address]

[Your City, State, Zip Code]

 

 

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