Gov. Rick Scott seeks more money for beaches, springs, parks

Florida governor announces $1.7 billion proposal in Naples, Maitland

Manatees flock to Blue Spring State Park.
Manatees flock to Blue Spring State Park.

MAITLAND, Fla. – Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants to spend more on the state's beaches, springs and state parks.

Scott on Monday rolled out spending recommendations for 2018 that call for increasing money spent on environmental programs by more than $220 million.

The Republican governor announced his $1.7 billion proposal during a visit to the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples before stopping at the Audubon Center for Birds and Prey in Maitland.

The proposed funding will include: 

  • A historic investment of $55 million for Florida’s springs
  • A historic investment of $100 million for Florida’s beaches 
  • A record $355 million for Everglades restoration
  • A record $50 million for Florida’s state parks
  • $50 million for Florida Forever to help preserve and protect our natural lands

“People from across the world come to Florida because of our state’s beautiful natural treasures," Scott said. "Over the past seven years, we have made historic strides to protect Florida’s lands, invest record funding in the Everglades and Florida’s springs, and preserve our beloved beaches. To make sure our state remains beautiful for generations to come, I am proud to announce that my recommended budget will include $1.7 billion to protect and preserve Florida’s environment."

Legislators will consider the requests in January.

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