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Florida Wildflower Foundation

Time has run out for a program that's provided funding to more than 180 natural areas in Florida.

Sunday, Sept. 30 was the deadline for Congress to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Money from the fund is used to create and maintain city, county and state parks, marinas, protected forests and historic battlefields in Florida and across the country. The fund is supported by fees on offshore oil and gas drilling.

Despite approving similar $25 fees for license tags supporting Freemasons, the American Legion, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Lauren's Kids, Gov. Rick Scott vetoed a similar fee for a tag for the Florida Wildflower Foundation. In addition, the governor vetoed a law that would have exempted the email addresses listed on voter registration applications from public records.