WHAT THEY ARE SAYING...
~Leaders applaud Gov. Scott's Florida Families First Budget on Environmental Protection~
Eric Draper, Executive Director of Audubon Florida
"This is really good news on both fronts. It's the first time in several years that we will see over $130 million in potential funding for both these programs(Florida Forever and Everglades)."
"It feels like we have turned a corner with Governor Scott. This budget seems to be a good environmental budget."
"It's starting to put environmental spending back on track where it used to be. Gov. Scott is starting to make the environment a priority. This does seem like a different Gov. Scott. We're seeing his office listening more."
Eric Eikenberg, Everglades Foundation Chief Executive Officer
“We strongly support his recommendation to provide $60 million for Everglades restoration. We appreciate the governor’s commitment to Everglades restoration and we believe the Florida Legislature will more than match his recommendation.”
David Mica, Executive Director of the Florida Petroleum Council
"It's very positive. I think it represents the commitment of the governor to the drinking water and groundwater of the state."
Florida Forever Coalition
“The governor’s Florida Forever budget recommendation is a positive step forward for Florida. His $75 million recommendation puts Florida Forever back on the right track. With the economy recovering, it is important to allocate funds to preserve our state’s natural areas and protect the places that make Florida special. We look forward to working alongside the governor this legislative session to advocate for the appropriation of funds for Florida Forever.”