Tuesday, April 21 2015 @ 08:05 PM EDT
Contributed by: Admin
In November of 2014, Floridians went to the polls and nearly 75% of Florida's registered voters made Amendment One - Florida's Water and Land Conservation Initiative a law. The wording of Amendment 1 states; "Funds the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to acquire, restore, improve, and manage conservation lands including wetlands and forests; fish and wildlife habitat; lands protecting water resources and drinking water sources, including the Everglades, and the water quality of rivers, lakes, and streams; beaches and shores; outdoor recreational lands; working farms and ranches; and historic or geologic sites, by dedicating 33 percent of net revenues from the existing excise tax on documents for 20 years."
In light of the successful passage of that amendment, it might seem that the future protection of Florida's natural resources was a foregone conclusion. So, why is there so much controversy surrounding Florida's sugar industry? Clearly, it is because Big Sugar has mounted an attempt to have Florida's legislators do nothing and let the binding contract's term simply expire. Never has an agribusiness giant ever been so bold in their attempts to put profits ahead of people. Sadly, given the high level of corruption within the Florida legislature, so far, they're winning!