Land conservation backers top $225,000 in May

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Florida’s Water and Land Legacy, the group coordinating constitutional Amendment 1, a measure to boost land-conservation efforts, raised $225,098 in May for a total of about $2.9 million, according to the most recent filings with the state Division of Elections.

The largest single contribution received last month was $75,000 from The Nature Conservancy. In addition to raising $2.9 million in cash, the group also received $375,000 in loans and $551,049 of in-kind contributions through May 31.

The group had spent nearly $2.97 million, a majority going to collecting petition signatures to make it on the November’s ballot.

If approved by voters, Amendment 1 will put aside a part of the state’s documentary-stamp tax revenues — paid whenever real estate is sold — for conservation efforts such as acquiring conservation lands and safeguarding water sources.