Gov. Scott to roll out $1.7B in environmental spending recommendations

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Gov. Rick Scott wants to spend more on the state’s beaches, springs and state parks.

Scott on Monday will roll out spending recommendations for 2018 that call for increasing money spent on environmental programs by more than $220 million.

The Republican governor will announce his $1.7 billion proposal during a visit to the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples.

Scott wants legislators to increase money set aside for Everglades restoration. He also wants them to spend $50 million on Florida Forever, the state’s land conservation program.

The budget recommendations also call for a nearly $40 million increase for state parks and a boost in spending on beach restoration programs to $100 million. Scott also wants $55 million for springs restoration.

Legislators will consider the requests in January.

Gary Fineout


One comment

  • David Bruderly PE

    October 23, 2017 at 11:25 am

    This budget proposal is a bailout for decades of failed GOP water and pollution policies. Gov. Scott would be credible IF he would recognize that Florida is at risk from the impacts of climate chaos accelerated by human greenhouse pollution and incorporate appropriate metrics into ALL planning, spending and policy decisions. He could restore credibility by admitting that his past-support of GOP dogma on this issue has been and continues to be short-sighted and counter-productive.

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