House passes bill to fund Florida Forever, starting in 2018

Article Posted on May 2, 2017

By: Isadora Rangel, Treasure Coast Newspapers

TALLAHASSEE — The House voted nearly unanimously Tuesday to secure future funding for the Florida Forever land conservation program — starting next year.

House Bill 7119, which passed 117-1, would carve out a fund for Florida Forever through 2035, beginning with the 2018-19 fiscal year.

State Rep. Matt Caldwell's bill would ensure Florida Forever receives $57 million in the first year and progressively more funding until it reaches $200 million in 2035. Caldwell touted his bill as an attempt to live up to the 2014 voter-approved Amendment 1 to set aside money for land and water conservation…

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