Florida Lawmakers Pass 20-Year Bill to Restore Everglades

March 14, 2016


Florida legislators passed the Legacy Florida Act on Friday that commits at least $250 million a year for the next 20 years to fix the Everglades ecosystem and polluted springs.

The Legacy Florida Act proposed by incoming Senate president Negron and Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, requires the state to set aside at 25 percent of all Amendment 1 funds up to $200 million a year to fund Everglades restoration projects over the next 20 years, whichever is less, and $50 million to pay for springs restoration.

 “This is an historic commitment by the Florida Legislature,” said Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, sponsor of the bill. “Tell my constituents, help is on the way.”

Some environmental groups have filed suit against the state accusing lawmakers of steering millions of the nearly $750 million from the trust fund into state programs that they argued should have been paid for by general revenue funds.
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