Amendment 1 brings in $477K in final days

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“Florida’s Water and Land Legacy, Inc.,” which is spearheading the Amendment 1 constitutional referendum for land conservation raised more than $477,000 on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to new finance reports.

Of the money, $240,000 came from the League of Conservation Voters and $232,480 from hedge-fund manager Paul Tudor Jones II, who chairs The Everglades Foundation.

Amendment 1 has not drawn any organized opposition, although Republican legislative leaders and the Florida Chamber of Commerce have criticized the initiative.

On Tuesday, if 60 percent of voters approve the proposal, a portion of the state’s documentary-stamp tax revenues, paid when real estate is sold, will be set aside to acquire conservation lands and protect water sources.

As of Wednesday, “Florida’s Water and Land Legacy raised a total of $5.7 million and spent $4.9 million, reports show.

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