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Lawmakers to Suspend Florida Forever Program

January 9th, 2009 by Mike Vasilinda

State lawmakers are in the process of suspending the states land buying program.

Know as Florida Forever, the program costs about 20 million this year to bond land purchases. Representative Will Wetherford said if he has to choose between new lands or protecting people, he is choosing people.

I think everybody in the legislature is a fan of Florida Forever, Wetherford said. Its a tremendously successful program, however, in times where we are cutting education or impossible cuts to medicaid, we have to take our priorities and put them in order. And while I think environmental lands are important, we think we can delay it for a year and not hurt the program itself.

Lawmakers says not buying more land will have another beneficial effect besides saving money. It will also keep more land on local tax rolls.

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