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Senate committee passes bill restructuring public land acquisition and management

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A bill revamping the state’s process of public land acquisition and management passed its first Senate committee Tuesday. LobbyTools reports that SB 1290, filed by Trilby Republican Sen. Wilton Simpson is nearly identical to House equivalent, HB 1075, filed by Lehigh Acres Republican Rep. Matt Caldwell. Orlando Democratic Sen. Darren Soto submitted an amendment to strip language that would allow “an expansion of use of land acquisition dollars, Amendment 1 dollars, on water projects.” Although opposing a similar bill last year, Eric Draper of Audubon…

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If giving away public land (to limit citizens’ 1st Amendment rights) is the only way to save BayWalk, then let it fail!

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It was Aaron Sharockman who first made the point that if the owners of BayWalk had originally asked for the property where the sidewalk around the entertainment complex is, the city would have been more than happy to have given them the land. So what’s the big deal now? The big deal is that City Hall should not be in the business of giving away public land to private interests because those interests don’t like people exercising their 1st Amendment…

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