Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 19, 2018

Victory For Florida Park, Wild Lands & Everglades

Earth Justice News Release

FLORIDA JUDGE RULES IN FAVOR OF CONSERVATION GROUPS ON CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT FOR LAND ACQUISITION

Ruling is a major victory for conservation in Florida

The following is a statement by Alisa Coe of Earthjustice, one of the attorneys who represents plaintiffs Florida Wildlife Federation, St. Johns Riverkeeper, Environmental Confederation of Southwest Florida, The Sierra Club and Manley Fuller:

“Today’s decision is a big victory for the millions of Florida voters who demanded that the legislature reinstate land buying programs for parks, wild lands and the Everglades. Four million Floridians approved a constitutional amendment to devote almost a billion dollars a year to purchasing conservation lands. The legislature and agencies thumbed their noses at the voters by spending the money on other things. This ruling will help protect some of Florida’s most beautiful and environmentally important areas for generations to come.

“In 2014, an overwhelming three out of four Florida voters approved the Land and Water Acquisition Amendment to the state constitution—it was the most popular item on the entire statewide ballot that year. Today’s ruling means that the state must honor the voters’ will to preserve our precious natural resources through conservation.”


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