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Wednesday, 25 September 2013 10:41

Oct. 8: Stop Sale of Conservation Lands

Written by  SCPA Enviro Action Team

FLORIDA FOREVER CONSERVATION LANDS TO BE SOLD? 

 

FLORIDA DEP PUBLIC HEARING

6-8pm Tues. Oct. 8, 2013

Viera Government Center

Brevard County Board of County Commissioners

Florida Room C-313

2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way

Viera

 

Gov. Rick Scott's Dept. of Environmental Protection is intent on selling various conservation lands purchased under the Preservation 2000 and Florida Forever Public Land Conservation programs.

 

In Brevard and Indian River Counties, there are two islands in the Indian River Lagoon targeted for possible sale. (Hmmm. Maybe one of Rick's developer friends wants a private island in the Lagoon?) At a time when the Indian River Lagoon is dying, this is yet another huge blunder -- typical of the short-sighted Rick. Other lands in Brevard may (or may not!) be deleted from the list of conservation lands being considered for sale as 'surplus' -- a most questionable use of the word.

 

WHAT TO DO?

Speak up in person at Florida DEP public hearing, tell them DO NOT SELL Florida conservation lands! 

 

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Who could have guessed that anything as short-sighted as this would happen… but, here it is, in the time of Rick Scott and Rampant Repugnantism in the most corrupt state in the USA*, where environmental conservation is being routinely dismantled, numbers of biologists have been fired, Conservation Lands Manager resigned… 

 

50 years into the future, such lands -- and islands -- will play an ever more important role in trying to salvage Real Florida from the likes of Rick Scott and the Repugnants.

 

Some of the land listed to be sold are mysteriously the size of homesites, surrounded by environmentally protected lands. Sound very suspicious -- especially in the most corrupt state in the USA*. Rick Scott, Governor.

 

This whole procedure came out of nowhere, with short fuse -- it's a bit outrageous -- even in the most corrupt state in the USA*. Rick Scott, Governor.

 

BE THERE on Oct. 8th!

 

POWERFUL SHOW OF PUBLIC DISGUST is required to halt the sale of these lands!

 

INFO: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/lands/assessment/

 

QUESTIONS? 

CONTACT Vince Lamb, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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AUDUBON FLORIDA REPORT

The original 'surplus' list contained 169 sites and about 5,300 acres. Thanks to uproar from environmental groups including Audubon, Sierra Club and others, the list has been reduced to 90 sites and 3,500 acres. Still not good. That includes many environmentally significant conservation lands. Some of the lands listed are the size of homesites, yet surrounded by environmentally protected lands.

More: http://fl.audubonaction.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=34161.0&pgwrap=n

 

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AUDUBON FLORIDA LETTER TO FL DEP

A good letter -- and more polite than some of us would like to make it. 

http://audubonoffloridanews.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Audubon_DEP_SurplusLandComments_September2013.pdf

 

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ABOUT FLORIDA'S LAND CONSERVATION HISTORY

50 years of Public Land Conservation program and 20 years of Forever Florida: 

http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/florida/explore/florida-forever-public-funding-story.xml

 

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INFO COMPILED BY SCPA ENVIRO ACTION TEAM, with special thanks to Vince Lamb, Maureen Rupe of Partnership for a Sustainable Future, Sierra Club Florida, Audubon Florida, and others.

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* In a ten-year period ending in 2007, Florida was #1 with most convicted, found guilty, public officials -- more than any other state in the USA: 824 convicted. Followed by New York 704, then Texas 565. (The tradition continues in Florida…)

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