Public Policy

Updated Alert – Contact These Legislators Before 3:00 Tomorrow to Save Florida Forever Funding

April 28, 2017

This is an update to the Action Alert released earlier asking you to contact legislative leaders and tell them to fund Florida Forever. Budget negotiations are moving rapidly in Tallahassee and it is likely that a final decision about the 2018 budget will be reached by 3:00 tomorrow (Saturday April 29th). The latest word is that budget conferees are prepared to provide $0 for Florida Forever. As a result, we are now asking FNPS members to narrow the focus of their action even more by reaching out to just the four legislative leaders listed below. Every hour counts, so please do not delay in contacting House Speaker Corcoran, Senate President Joe Negron, House Budget Chair Carlos Trujillo, and Senate Budget Chair Jack Latvala using the contact information provided below.

Ask the Legislative leaders listed below to stand up for Florida Forever and the voters who passed the Water and Land Legacy Amendment (Amendment 1) by providing at least $25 million for Florida Forever in 2018. Remind them voters passed Amendment 1 in 2014 because they want Florida Forever funding restored to $300 million a year.

House Speaker Richard Corcoran: Capitol Phone (850) 717-5000;

House Budget Chair Carlos Trujillo: Capitol Phone (850) 717-5105;

Senate President Joe Negron: Capitol Phone (850) 487-5025;

Senate Budget Chair Jack Latvala: Capitol Phone (850) 487-5016;

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Types of Issues Addressed by FNPS

  • General areas considered to be of statewide FNPS significance
  • Any Florida legislative action that affects our state environmental land acquisition program known as Florida Forever, which includes Florida Communities Trust and/or any other state agency funded through Florida Forever (DEP). This includes, but is not limited to, any legislation affecting funding of the program. It also includes the urgent need to fund the Florida Forever program.
  • All state and local land acquisition efforts for preservation and conservation.
  • Any statewide policy changes that enhance improve or further natural resource system protection within recognized preserves and/or reserve or state park refuge.
  • Development issues that are regional or have statewide significance in that they affect a change in Florida policy towards land acquisition, natural resource systems or waters of the state, but only if the issue clearly relates to the FNPS mission to preserve, conserve and restore native plants and native plant communities.
  • Any state legislative, state agency or state university action that would affect the viability (or lack thereof) of native plants and native plant communities. This includes, but is not limited to, state policy on exotic invasive species, water conservation, listed plant species, and cataloging of native plant communities.

General areas considered not to be of statewide significance include

  • Issues that are primarily related to managing the way a local jurisdiction grows or the methods it uses to plan growth. Unless it can be shown to meet criteria number four in the previous section.
  • Issues that are primarily transportation related unless the issue is of at least regional significance and would impact an established preserve/reserve/state park refuge/or a functional ecologically sensitive ecosystem.
  • Issues that involve local jurisdictional ordinances or land development codes.