More than 25% of Florida land is owned by the state and federal government.
But for some, that isn’t enough. Right now, operatives of Charlie Crist and Barack Obama, along with a liberal New York hedge fund billionaire, are waging a disinformation campaign to convince our state legislature to spend more than $500 million to buy even more land — 46,000 acres to the south of Lake Okeechobee.
Their excuse for this land grab: To “restore” the Everglades. Don’t be fooled. And more important, don’t let the legislature be fooled.
This land grab has nothing to do with the Everglades. All of us agree that the Everglades should be protected. We understand how important it is for water quality, wildlife and Florida’s environment.
We already have an Everglades Restoration Program. We’ve had it for decades, it is now in its final stages, we are currently spending $5.5 billion, and most importantly, IT’S WORKING. Thanks to this program, according to Federal Court mandated testing, the water is already meeting federal standards, and buying up more land won’t do anything to make it better.
In fact, wasting that money will divert funds from finishing Everglades Restoration Court mandated water test show 95% of the water in the Everglades is now testing cleaner than Evian! Everglades restoration is fully funded, on time and on budget- clearly it’s WORKING!
We have to stop this LAND GRAB and FINISH improving the water quality in the Everglades!
That’s why we need you to SIGN OUR PETITION TO OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS IN TALLAHASSEE TODAY !
Everglades restoration is on time , on budget and it’s WORKING. We need to finish the job instead of buying more land we don’t need with NO PLAN, NO FUNDING and BILLIONS in hidden costs the taxpayers will get stuck paying. Spending $500 million to buy more land — and then spending another TWO BILLION or more to try to make the water flow south, to solve a problem that is already being solved — just doesn’t make sense for the Everglades, or for Florida taxpayers.
The $10 billion Restoration Program, run by water and environmental experts and over-seen by the State and Federal governments, has a priority list of 43 projects that WILL help, many of which are already completed or underway. Buying 26,000 acres of land south of Lake O? Well…that’s not on the list.
It’s not on the list because there is no science behind it. Only politics.
Make no mistake. This push for another land grab is a scam. It’s not about the Everglades. It’s not about water. It is entirely about taking land away from private owners and adding it to the government’s already-too-large real estate portfolio.
This fight is about liberal bureaucrats at the Everglades Trust and Everglades Foundation, run by top aides to Charlie Crist and Barack Obama, justifying their huge salaries, giant expense accounts and huge staff. If the Everglades are cleaned up these bureaucrats are out of work and they know it!
THAT’S WHY IT IS VITAL THAT YOU SIGN OUR ON-LINE PETITION TODAY SO WE CAN GIVE IT TO THE GOVERNOR, SENATE PRESIDENT AND SPEAKER OR THE HOUSE- TELL THEM TO STOP THE LAND GRAB!
Time is short. SIGN THE PETITION TODAY and let our elected official know that a $500 million land grab is the wrong thing to do, and a waste of dollars that could be better used for Everglades improvements that will actually work. Tell them to listen to the experts, not the radical environmentalists or liberal bureaucrats.
South Florida Tea Party
PS- Did I mention we need you to SIGN OUR EMERGENCY PETITION TODAY ? Help us STOP THE LAND GRAB!