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Florida Voters Approve Constitutional Guarantee for Conservation Funding

Camp Helen State Park

Florida will now dedicate a third of its revenues from real estate transaction fees for water and land conservation after voters approved Amendment One Tuesday.

The amendment’s campaign manager, Will Abberger, says the result reflects the will of the people. 

"Florida voters care about protecting the quality of our water, our natural areas, and wildlife habitat," says Abberger. "They, I think, have overwhelmingly demonstrated their support for increased funding, increased state funding for water and land conservation."

The constitutional amendment passed with about 75 percent support. It could generate up to $700 million a year depending on the real estate market. Opponents say it creates too rigid of a state budget, but supporters like Abberger say it was needed because the Legislature has cut funding for conservation.

Alex Fahnlander is an undergraduate English student at Florida State University. Outside of WFSU, she serves as Assignments Editor and Continuity Director for FSU’s student-run radio station, WVFS and as a Resident Assistant in a freshman residence hall. After graduation Alex hopes to pursue a career in radio production. In her spare time she enjoys listening to her favorite podcasts, drawing portraits, watching The Office, and developing stories for future graphic novels.