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Lawmaker Wants To Maintain State Designation For Turtle, Horse

The Loggerhead Sea Turtle is Florida's official salt water reptile.
T. Moore and NOAA via wikimedia commons

A state legislator wants to reaffirm Florida’s commitment—to a horse and a turtle.

Lawmakers will have their work cut out for them with another year of austere budget projections and parts of the state in tatters after Hurricane Irma. 

But those aren’t the only priorities they’ll tackle when they return to the capitol.  State designations for Florida’s official saltwater reptile and horse—the loggerhead turtle and Florida cracker horse, respectively—sunset next July. 

Rep. MaryLynn Magar (R-Tequesta) doesn’t want to see that happen.  She’s filed a measure making those designations permanent and adding a new one: Florida cracker cattle would become the state’s official heritage breed.

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.