2022 Referenda

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1000 Friends of Florida Proud to Endorse the Following Local Referenda — VOTE YES on November 8!

1000 Friends of Florida has long been a proud supporter of state and local land conservation programs. Our co-founder, Nathaniel Pryor Reed, played a leading role in establishing the landmark state Preservation 2000 program which, together with its successor Florida Forever, have protected more than 10 million acres of precious natural lands across our state. These programs are complemented by county ballot initiatives authorizing local governments to secure local funds to match with state dollars to protect valuable lands.

For these reasons, 1000 Friends is proud to endorse the following referenda and urge county residents to VOTE YES on November 8.

Brevard County

1000 Friends of Florida, urges general election voters in Brevard County to VOTE YES on their November 8th ballot to extend the county’s highly successful Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) program.  Since its launch in 1990, the EEL program has helped protect more than 28,000 acres of threatened habitat in Brevard County. But the county’s rapid growth and continuing stress on its waterways means there is much more to be done to reduce the harmful environmental impacts of development and expand outdoor recreational opportunities.

The measure on the November 8th ballot, if approved by voters, would levy a property tax of 14.65 cents per $1,000 of taxable value for 20 years, costing the owner of a house with a $200,000 taxable value $29.60 a year. This modest investment would maintain previously acquired conservation lands and finance up to $50 million in bonds to acquire new lands chosen to protect the Indian River Lagoon and St. Johns River.  Find out more here.

Polk County

1000 Friends of Florida urges general election voters in Polk County to VOTE YES on their November 8th ballot to revive the county’s successful program to protect critical natural lands.  If approved by voters, this measure would reinstitute a property tax of 20 cents per $1,000 of taxable value for 20 years, initially costing the average Polk County homeowner $2.50 a month. The funds generated would be used to finance a bond issue of up to $75 million to purchase and manage environmentally significant lands, or purchase conservation easements to protect working ranch and forest lands from development.

Under Polk’s revived land conservation program, anyone could nominate a property for protection, but only land from willing sellers or donors would be considered. A citizens committee would review nominated properties using established and detailed criteria to evaluate and rank their priority. The committee would then make recommendations to the County Commission. Find out more here.