water and land conservation amendment

The Everglades
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Nearly 75 percent of Florida voters backed the state’s new environmental conservation constitutional amendment. Amendment One backers call that overwhelming approval a mandate to the legislature to follow through on funding. But the $750 million generated for Amendment one, doesn’t look like the windfall environmentalists had hoped for.

volunteers in Hudson Park
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Today is Earth Day, the annual environmental-protection celebration now in its 44th year. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) noted the occasion with a climate change hearing in Miami Beach, while environmental advocates kept a close eye on the state Legislature.

On Tuesday morning, scientists and South Florida officials gathered in Miami to tell a congressional panel what the Sunshine State is doing to offset the effects of sea level rise. Nelson led the discussion.

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In downtown Jacksonville, across the street from City Hall, LaTara Graham solicits signatures from passers-by.

She’s a paid petition gatherer with two proposals in hand: One advocating the legalization of marijuana for medicinal use, and the other calling on the state to set aside money each year for land and water conservation: