The Wakulla Welcome Center in Panacea was purchased in 2000 with Florida Forever funds through the Florida Communities Trust grant program. Florida Forever provides money for local parks in addition to land purchases. Photo by Bruce Ritchie.
Gov. Rick Scott's fiscal year 2013-14 budget request includes $75 million for conservation land-buying, $60 million for Everglades restoration and $135 million for petroleum tank cleanups.
However, his request for the Florida Forever land-buying program depends on the sale of $50 million worth of state lands that would be declared surplus. He requested $25 million in new cash for the program.
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