On Saturday, Jan. 12, at 10:30 a. m., Pegeen Hanrahan, former Gainesville mayor, will speak at the Cedar Key Library on behalf of Florida's Water and Land Legacy, Inc. The Water and Land Legacy campaign is seeking to gather signatures to have a voter initiative conservation amendment placed on the Florida 2014, election ballot.
The primary goal of this amendment would require the state to designate a specified percentage of the revenues collected under Florida's Real Estate Doc Stamp Program into the state/s conservation budget. These programs include parks, recreation, hunting, fishing, land acquisition and management, aquaculture, springs, clean water initiatives, restoration, etc. Over the last 20 years, these programs have received high priority; however, since 2009, the legislature has slashed funding for these programs by 97.5-percent.
The Cedar Key tourist industry and aquaculture industry have derived tremendous benefit from the pure water and vast undeveloped public and private land which surrounds the tiny island community. In the past, Cedar Key has pioneered in water quality initiatives. But make no mistake, change is coming to Northwest Central Florida.
So plan ahead, mark your calendar and plan to be at this informative event. Hopefully, Cedar Key will show vigorous and unanimous support for this much needed amendment.