By Aliki Moncrief, Deputy Campaign Manager at Florida’s Water & Land Legacy
October 6, 2014
This election, Florida voters will have the direct opportunity to help restore our drinking water supplies and protect the treasured natural areas that make Florida a great place to live and visit: by voting YES on Amendment 1.
Amendment 1, the Water and Land Conservation Amendment, will dedicate funding to conserve and restore our rivers, lakes, springs, and coastal waters, as well as protect critical natural areas like the Everglades—without any increase in taxes.
Florida cannot thrive without an abundant supply of drinking water for its 19 million residents. But our drinking water sources and waterways are threatened by pollution and increasing development pressure. Two million acres, including lands necessary to protect the water quality of our state’s most important springs, rivers, and coastal areas, have already been identified for conservation but remain unprotected. Without adequate funds for management and restoration, our natural areas, including those already in public ownership, will continue to decline and will be unable to support our growing population.
Amendment 1 will dedicate one-third of existing fees collected by the state when real estate is sold (the “doc stamp tax”) to improve the quality of our drinking water, keep pollution out of our waterways, protect important natural areas, and preserve wildlife habitat for the next two decades. This is the same source of revenue that has been used for water and land conservation since 1968.
In recent years, state lawmakers have drastically cut funding for water and land conservation. Florida citizens value of clean and abundant water for people and wildlife, and cherish the natural areas that make Florida special. Amendment 1 would ensure that these values have a place in our state’s constitution.
Florida’s conservation programs have a great track record of science-based spending that is subject to public oversight and accountability. Amendment 1 will dedicate less than one percent of our overall state budget to water and land conservation, ensuring those funds cannot be diverted for any other purpose by the Legislature. Using the state’s existing successful programs as a model, objective criteria will continue to determine how funds are spent, keeping politics out of the process.
In Florida, we depend on our beaches, springs, rivers, lakes, and parks as a key part of our tourism. Our natural beauty fuels our economy.
Nearly one million Florida voters signed a petition to place Amendment 1 on the ballot. In addition to the AFL-CIO and Florida Education Association, Amendment 1 has been endorsed by the Democratic Party of Florida, the NAACP, the League of Women Voters, and hundreds more organizations around the state.
Now we need your help to make this critical Amendment a reality for all Floridians. This November, we need 60% voter approval to pass Amendment 1 and establish stable funding to protect our treasured waters and natural areas—without increasing taxes. This may be the only chance in our lifetimes to protect the Florida we love for future generations.
For more information about Amendment 1, including how you can help spread the word, visit www.VoteYesOn1FL.org or call (850) 629-4656. __________________________
NO WATER - NO JOBS ______________________________
Judging and teaching both at home in Central Florida and all around the country, Susan and Bill Woods each acknowledge over thirty-five years of experience that can help you better understand and train your horse.
They have been active on the national dressage scene since 1980, their dressage specialty arising from broad backgrounds in balance-seat work, both on the flat and over fences.
Both are known for their ability to outline sound, classical goals and to communicate effective techniques to riders of all levels. They carry on the ideals and principles they learned at the American Dressage Institute and the USDF-sponsored Violet Hopkins National Instructors Seminars and which they, in turn, were tabbed to spread to hundreds of teachers and dozens of groups throughout the US at USDF Regional Instructor Workshops.
Susan and Bill are each USDF Bronze and Silver Medalists. They've each trained and shown many horses from Training Level to FEI, and they continue to coach students both at the Florida shows and those whom they meet at clinics and then send off to competitions, ribbons, and medals in their own areas. Their students show at every level through Grand Prix.
Over twenty and nearly thirty years respectively of dressage judging give Susan and Bill a special perspective to help you understand what all judges are looking for and what it takes for you to succeed in the show arena.
In recent months Susan has for medical reasons had to reduce her workload in both the equine and environmental areas. She remains actively committed to the philosophies and principles she has espoused in both these fields over the years. As Bill can testify, she remains a force to be reckoned with.
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