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Environmentalists Wary Of Bleak Florida Forever Budget

This file photo shows one of the best preserved local pine rocklands at Larry and Penny Thompson Park in Miami-Dade County on Thursday, April 27, 2017.
This file photo shows one of the best preserved local pine rocklands at Larry and Penny Thompson Park in Miami-Dade County on Thursday, April 27, 2017.

As negotiations for the state’s yearly budget get closer and closer to a resolution, one line item has environmentalists shaking their heads.

The initial offer for funding Florida’s premier land acquisition program, Florida Forever, is less than half what some expected going into budget negotiations.

The House is offering a little more than $20 million, and the Senate’s offer sits at $45 million. The numbers are a far cry from  Gov. Ron DeSantis’ proposed $100 million and even farther from the wishes of some environmentalists, who wanted to see a number to the tune of $300 million.

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