With a 75% percent majority, Amendment 1 was passed in November of last year. It was a confirmation of something many already knew, that Floridians are strongly committed to the health of our state’s environment, wildlife, water resources and water quality. The amendment was confirmation of the majority of Florida voter’s belief in good stewardship of the land under state management. Here was the precise text that was on the ballot in November – “Funds the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to acquire, restore, improve, and manage conservation lands including wetlands and forests; fish and wildlife habitat; lands protecting water resources and drinking water sources, including the Everglades, and the water quality of rivers, lakes, and streams; beaches and shores; outdoor recreational lands; working farms and ranches; and historic or geologic sites, by dedicating 33 percent of net revenues from the existing excise tax on documents for 20 years.” Now the
The Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2016 (H.R. 2028) is a bill that fund the energy programs and water infrastructure across the entire United State. This legislation affects every district, every county, and every state in the country. In a statement released after the 240-177 vote passage of the bill, Representative Mario Diaz-Balart stressed the importance of the ongoing Everglades restoration and protection projects, both for future generations and for the economic stability of Florida. “The FY16 Energy and Water Appropriations bill provides for our nation’s waterways and energy infrastructure. As Floridians, we are lucky to have the Everglades in our backyard, and we must do everything we can to restore it to its natural state for future generations. This bill is significant to Florida, not only because of the Everglades restoration components, but it will improve our ports, channels, dams, and other infrastructure that supports our economy.
Guest Op-Ed by Saint John Hunt Like many other Americans, I’ve been hearing about Hillary Clinton’s scandals. Not Whitewater, or campaign donation fraud, or illegal donations from foreign governments while she served as Secretary of State, nor how she has diverted funds from the Clinton Foundation to pay for millions of dollars spent on personal travel, not even the Benghazi inquiry. What sparked my interest, beyond these other “errors”, is how she used her private emails for State department business, knowing that not only was she breaking official State Department regulations, but she was also successfully hiding any evidence showing her innocence or guilt in negotiating these payments. In other words, she kept these and many other emails private and therefore not subject to Freedom of Information access. Not only did she hide these emails, she destroyed 55,000 pages of emails while handing over thousands of unrelated emails to prove