In Tallahassee, Florida counties and cities are battling over $700 million of Amendment 1 funds for this year’s legislative session. Palm Beach County is applying for a cut of that to continue restoration of Lake Worth Lagoon, the county’s largest estuary.
Palm Beach County has requested $3.3 million of Amendment 1 funds for Lake Worth Lagoon. Canal water and rainwater spill into the lagoon, polluting it.
The state of Florida is the region most susceptible to the effects of global warming in this country, according to scientists. Sea-level rise alone threatens 30 percent of the state’s beaches over the next 85 years.
ByJim Turner of The News Service of Florida•Feb 27, 2015
New rules for Florida waters will be one of the first bills the House takes up when the legislative session gets underway.
But don't expect that all aspects of a voter-approved initiative to conserve water and land will sail smoothly through the 60-day session that begins March 3.
As House members and senators hammer out new rules and new funding levels required by the initiative, known as Amendment 1, a wide array of suggestions has poured in from Gov. Rick Scott, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, environmentalists and business lobbyists.
Big Cypress National Preserve runs over 729,000 acres in Collier County and bits of Monroe and Miami Dade counties. The preserve is applying to be an international “dark sky park.” There are only 20 in the world. A "dark sky park" is a place where humans get clear, starry scenery, and nocturnal animals, like the endangered Florida Panther, see better.