Scott: Restore some Florida Forever funding, set aside $40 million for Everglades

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While less than what many environmentalists would like to see, Gov. Rick Scott is proposing to restore some spending for environmental land buying next year. The governor proposed to put $15 million into the Florida Forever program, money that is currently surplus trust fund cash. “Audubon is encouraged to see Gov. Scott make a commitment to Florida Forever and Everglades restoration in his 2012-2013 budget recommendation,” said the environmental group’s Julie Wraithmell in a statement. “As the Florida legislative session unfolds early next year, it is our hope that House and Senate leadership will use these amounts as a starting point that leads to increased funding for these critical programs.” The proposal also would put $40 million into Everglades restoration. That, said Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard, “will allow Florida to keep the momentum going in the state-federal partnership to restore one of Florida

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