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Aliki Moncrief, Florida's Water and Land Legacy via 
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I learned three things today during the Senate floor debate about Amendment 1:

Your calls and emails are working. Your voice is being heard here in Tallahassee! Funding for Florida Forever in the Senate budget increased from $2 million to $15 million, and $20 million of the springs funding has been set aside for land acquisition to protect springs. While this may not feel like a huge victory, it is a significant step forward in the legislative budget process. This progress would not have happened without the amazing outpouring of activism! Many senators commented on the calls they’ve been getting. They hear you and they are listening.
We have a long way to go and we can’t stop now. $15 million for Florida is, as Senate Minority Leader Arthenia Joyner described it, a “paltry” amount for our renowned land preservation program, Florida Forever.
We have champions in the Senate. These senators stood up to defend the will of Florida voters and made the case for why Florida does need to protect our environmentally sensitive lands. Please give them a call or send an email to thank them - we’ll need their help as we move forward!
Senator Thad Altman, (850) 487-5016,
Senator Darren Soto, (850) 487-5014,
Senator Arthenia Joyner, (850) 487-5019,
Senator Rob Bradley, (850) 487-5007,
Senator Jeff Clemens, (850) 487-5027,
Senator Maria Sachs, (850) 487-5034,

While the Florida Forever amendments filed by Senators Thad Altman and Darren Soto did not prevail, they set the stage for Senator Bradley’s amendment to succeed and with that, we’re in a much better position as the budget “conferencing” process begins.

We must continue to make our case:  spending $200+ million on existing agency operating expenses and only $15 million on Florida Forever is unacceptable, especially in a year with a budget surplus. Please continue to reach out to your legislators and tell them we want more parks, not strip malls. We want protected wildlife habitat, not pavement. We want our lawmakers to follow the will of the people and protect our precious natural areas before they are gone forever.

Thank you for all of your hard work. Together, we are making a difference here in Tallahassee!

Aliki Moncrief

Florida’s Water and Land Legacy



P.S. Please help us win this battle for Florida by making a contribution today.  We have a long road ahead of us!

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