BIG NEWS. Today, the circuit court judge overseeing the Water and Land Conservation Amendment lawsuit sided with the people of Florida!
The conservation community has been fighting since 2015 against the state legislature’s repeated misuse of the amendment funding, which was intended by voters to acquire and restore conservation lands.
The judge in the case said that the case didn’t need to go to trial, because what the voters intended was obvious.
In other words, we won.
The circuit court judge recognized the Legislature was wrong when they spent Amendment 1 funds on existing operating expenses instead of new parks, restoration and protecting conservation lands–which is what people like you and I have been saying all along.
We will have more on this news as it develops. I wanted to share this with you as soon as possible. Today’s victory is further testament that when the people work together we can change Florida for the better.
Official Statement by Aliki Moncrief, Executive Director of Florida Conservation Voters: “We couldn’t be more thrilled with today’s outcome. The judge handling the Amendment 1 lawsuit sided with the people of Florida, noting the voters’ clear intent to fund more parks and conservation lands. Florida Conservation Voters is proud to stand with our allies in the conservation community who together have been fighting since 2015 to ensure that lawmakers honor the will of the voters.”