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Crisafulli: Champ for water? Or shill for Big Sugar?

Written by  Hiaasen + news, compiled by Team SCPA

Updated April 21, 2015


Crisafulli, Sen. Gardiner + Hays and others continue to undermine Amendment 1.

Florida Forever land acquisition funding in current budget is pitiful

… Scott’s budget earmarked $773 million in Amendment 1-related expenditures, including $150 million for the Everglades, $50 million for springs and $100 million for Florida Forever, the state’s land acquisition program.

The House and Senate budgets show about $750 million in Amendment 1 funding.

The House budget proposes $97 million for the Everglades, $16 million for Springs and $8 million for Florida Forever, according to the coalition that supported the amendment, Florida’s Water and Land Legacy.

The Senate’s current proposal is $69 million for the Everglades, $15 million for Florida Forever and $73.9 million for springs restoration, including $20 million for springs-related land acquisition.


Also see other Amendment 1 updates:


Updated April 13, 2015

Action item still valid. CALL CRISAFULLI + SEN. ANDY GARDINER: Please ask ten of your friends to call, too!

MESSAGE to Gardiner and Crisafulli: Fund Florida Forever! And do NOT tell Florida Forever what land to buy. Florida Forever has a superb record on properly identifying what land to buy, WITHOUT political manipulation.

CALL (more effective than email!):
Sen. Andy Gardiner (Senate President): (850) 487-5013
Rep. Steve Crisafulli (Speaker of the House): (850) 717-5051

Local Merritt Island office: (321) 449-5111

Crisafulli's legislative aide is Ashley Guinn. When you call, you may not get to speak with Crisafulli directly, so feel free to request his aide and have the conversation with her. ALSO call his local Merritt Island Office. You can then send a follow-up email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Crisafulli's response will be to tell you all the money being spent on this and that, but bottom line is the House and the Senate are circumventing Forever Florida and not allowing purchase of Big Sugar lands south of Lake Okeechobee which would provide indirect relief to the Indian River Lagoon. Remember that Crisafulli is one of the legislators who attended King Ranch in Texas courtesy of Big Sugar, and won't talk about that -- Big Sugar helps fund Crisafulli -- and it appears Crisafulli chooses Big Sugar interests instead of Amendment 1 and the Indian River Lagoon.

MORE, with additional background and more talking points:


Updated March 26, 2015

ACTION! As feared, Crisafulli and others are acting to undermine Amendment 1 in both the Florida House and Senate.

Call to Action!


Posted March 16, 2015

Mr. Crisafulli: Will you be A Champ for clean water and Indian River Lagoon?

Or, as Carl Hiaasen puts it: 'just another lame shill for Big Sugar?'

Hiaasen says you can't be both.


Carl Hiaasen: Big Sugar weasels out of land deal
Miami Herald, by Carl Hiassen, March 7, 2015

… In an email to the Palm Beach Post, Crisafulli stated his opposition to using Amendment 1 funds to buy the U.S. Sugar land “at this time,” saying Everglades restoration efforts should focus on pending projects.

This puppet dance, while pleasing to sugar growers, is a kick in the teeth to all the Floridians who supported Amendment One, especially those who’ve been watching the slow death of the Indian River Lagoon.

Every day 614 millions gallons of polluted water are pouring out of Lake Okeechobee toward the lagoon, but Steve Crisafulli has other priorities. ...


UF study says more water storage needed south of Lake Okeechobee
SaintPetersBlog, by Bruce Ritchie, March 2, 2015

Environmental groups pushing for the state purchase of U.S. Sugar Corp. land south of Lake Okeechobee may have received a boost Monday when a University of Florida study said additional land is needed for water storage.

Environmental groups have been pushing the state to exercise an option to buy 46,800 acres for water storage to prevent polluted water in Lake Okeechobee from being discharged to the sensitive estuaries of St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers. ...


Palm Beach Post Editorial: Water officials should put sugar land buy on March agenda
For all the South Florida residents who will benefit if the state buys sugar industry land south of Lake Okeechobee, frustrations mount.

The land would be used to store the lake’s excess water, clean it and send it south to the Everglades National Park. It’s the most important piece of the Everglades restoration puzzle. If Florida doesn’t use its option to buy the land now, it’s not likely to happen. ...

Last week, Florida House Speaker Steve Crisafulli told Post staff writer Christine Stapleton that he opposes the land buy, and that the state should concentrate on managing and preserving land it already owns rather than buying more.

Apparently, he’s forgotten that 75 percent of voters approved a water and land conservation amendment for just that purpose — buying conservation lands. ...

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