Florida Advocates push for Florida Forever funding

Environmentalists gathered Monday at the Florida Capitol to celebrate the fifth anniversary of voters overwhelmingly approving a ballot measure aimed at steering billions of dollars toward land and water preservation.

But the fight over money remains.

“The unrealized potential that’s left and is before the Legislature today is to fund Florida Forever,” said Will Abberger, with the Trust for Public Land and campaign manager of the Amendment 1 proposal in 2014.

Amendment 1 was supported by 75% of Florida voters in 2014. It set aside 33 percent of tax collections from real estate documentary stamps to the state’s Land Acquisition Trust Fund to spend on environmental programs.

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