Environmental groups want Gov. Rick Scott to keep spending money on conservation programs after debt for a former land-buying program is paid off this fiscal year.
Florida had largest land-buying program in the nation through 2008, when it received $300 million a year. The state has purchased 2.5 million acres since 1990 along with providing money for city parks, working seafood waterfronts and to pay private landowners to conserve land.
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