Conservation advocates led by former Florida governor and U.S. Sen. Bob Graham announced a citizens' petition drive Thursday for a constitutional amendment to dedicate state funding annually for the acquisition and management of critical environmental land. The proposed amendment, called the “Florida Water and Land Legacy” amendment, would require that one-third of the state's existing real estate transaction tax be dedicated for the next 20 years to environmental land projects. If approved by voters in 2014, it would provide more than $5 billion over its first decade for the conservation initiatives.
The state Acquisition and Restoration Council meets this week on October 11 to hear public testimony on the ranking of Florida Forever land-buying projects, and on October 12 to consider items including land management plans for parks and preserves. The meetings begin both days at 9 a.m. at DEP's Marjory Stoneman Douglas Building, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, in Tallahassee. The agenda can be found at the following link: