Environmental Conservation – Voters say “Yes” to Amendment 1 for Land Conservation and Preservation

Floridians voted yes with a 75% majority to pass the Land Conservation and Preservation amendment in this years 2014 midterm elections to fund the cleanup, restoration and preservation of lands in Florida over the next 20 years. The Conservation and Preservation efforts are expected to cost $600 million dollars annually over the next 20 years. The money will come from doc stamp taxes on real estate transactions so the average Floridian will not see any increases in their taxes. The money will go towards buying sensitive lands to provide wildlife habitat, restore wetlands to their natural state, improve water quality in our estuaries and fund the Everglades restoration. This restoration and preservation effort is expected to be the largest in U.S. history. SW Florida stands to benefit from this amendment by the improvement of water quality going into the Caloosahatchee River and ultimately to our beaches and shorelines. The Tampa Tribune on November 8th,  printed an article about the passage of the amendment and how it will improve the wildlife corridor in the state. I am excited to see how it will improve the restoration of our wetlands including the Everglades and waterways throughout the state. The amendment is also designed to improve public access and recreation of public lands.

 

 

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