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Senator Bradley, District 5 — Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 24, 2017

CONTACT: Steven Richardson, 904.278.2085


Senator Bradley Files Legislation to Increase Funding for Restoration of the St. Johns River and the Springs of North Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 22, 2017

 

Senator Bradley Files Legislation to Increase Funding for Restoration

of the St. Johns River and the Springs of North Florida

 

Senator Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island) filed legislation today to increase state funding for the restoration of the St. Johns River and the springs of North Florida. Senate Bill 204 requires the state to spend a minimum of $50 million annually from Amendment One funds on projects that restore the St. Johns River and a minimum of $75 million annually to restore Florida’s springs.

 

“The St. Johns River and our Springs define the character of North Florida,” said Senator Bradley, a lifelong resident of Clay County. “In addition to providing scenic beauty and recreational opportunities to local residents, our River and Springs attract visitors from across the state and nation.”

 

The bill appropriates funds from Amendment One, a constitutional amendment passed overwhelmingly by Floridians in 2014. The amendment mandates that the Legislature spend one-third of documentary stamp revenues on environmental preservation efforts throughout the state.

 

Senator Bradley successfully fought to include $13.3 million for St. Johns River related projects and $50 million for springs restoration projects in this year’s state budget. “This year’s state budget was a good start in providing the Amendment One dollars necessary to address long standing environmental issues in North Florida, from the lakes of Keystone to the St. Johns River to our springs. We owe it to future generations of North Florida residents to embark on a sustained, long term commitment to protect our region’s lakes, rivers and springs.”

 

Contact:  Steven Richardson

                (904)278-2085

                Richardson.steven@flsenate.gov