Conservation Amendment Reaches Florida Supreme Court


Conservation Amendment Reaches Florida Supreme Court

Florida’s Water and Land Legacy Campaign today took a major step forward in getting the Water and Land Conservation amendment on the ballot by crossing the ten percent threshold for Supreme Court review.  For a state constitutional amendment seeking to gain access to the ballot by collecting signatures, legal review of the amendment by the Florida Supreme Court is triggered when ten percent of the total 683,149 signatures required—or 68,314—are collected.  The campaign has collected 116, 573 signatures across Florida, far exceeding the ten percent threshold.  The amendment will provide a stable, dedicated funding source for the acquisition, management, and restoration of conservation and recreation lands in Florida.  The Water and Land Conservation amendment would be on the November 2014 ballot.

The Florida Department of State has verified the 68,314 signatures, sending the amendment to the Florida Supreme Court.  The court will review the ballot measure to confirm that it satisfies the legal requirements for a constitutional amendment.

“This campaign to protect Florida’s environmental legacy is gaining public support across the state and we are well on our way to getting this important measure on the ballot,” said Will Abberger, the campaign’s chair and director of conservation finance for The Trust for Public Land. “This amendment will ensure state funds are dedicated to protecting the natural systems Floridians depend on for clean drinking water, unpolluted rivers, lakes and streams, and the unspoiled natural beauty that makes our state unique.”

The amendment would dedicate one-third of the existing documentary stamp tax, which is paid when real estate is sold, to restore the Everglades, protect drinking water sources, and revive the state’s historic commitment to protecting natural lands and wildlife through the Florida Forever Program.  The amendment would provide more than $5 billion for water and land conservation in Florida over the next ten years without any tax increase.

Florida’s Water and Land Legacy Campaign also announced that it has gained the official endorsement of 256 organizations that are adding momentum to its efforts to pass the amendment.

“We are thrilled to have such passionate supporters from throughout the state,” said Pegeen Hanrahan, the campaign’s manager. “So many diverse organizations have already committed to back this important endeavor, and we look forward to many more joining our cause.”

Florida’s Water and Land Legacy Campaign attributes much of its success to the invaluable service of its volunteers and generous contributions of donors. If you are interested in supporting the Water and Land Conservation amendment, please visit to learn more.


Endorsing organizations (in alphabetical order) include:

1000 Friends of Florida

Alachua Conservation Trust

Allen Broussard Conservancy

Alliance of Florida Land Trusts

American Planning Association – Florida Chapter

American Rivers Southeast Region

Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy

Animal Rights Foundation of Florida

Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitor

Apalachee Land Conservancy

Apalachicola Riverkeeper

Archbold Biological Station

Around the Bend Nature Tours

Audubon Florida

Alachua Audubon Society

Apalachee Audubon Society

Bay County Audubon Society

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society

Citrus County Audubon Society

Clearwater Audubon Society

Collier County Audubon Society

Duval Audubon Society

Eagle Audubon Society

Audubon Society of the Everglades

Flagler Audubon Society

Four Rivers Audubon Society

Francis M. Weston Audubon Society

Halifax River Audubon Society

Hendry-Glades Audubon Society

Hernando Audubon Society

Highlands County Audubon Society

Kissimmee Valley Audubon Society

Lake Region Audubon Society

Manatee County Audubon Society

Marion County Audubon Society

Martin County Audubon Society

Oklawaha Valley Audubon Society

Orange Audubon Society

Peace River Audubon Society

Pelican Island Audubon Society

Ridge Audubon Society

Santa Fe Audubon Society

Sarasota Audubon Society

Seminole Audubon Society

South Florida Audubon Society

Southeast Volusia Audubon Society

Southwest Florida Audubon Society

Space Coast Audubon Society

St. Johns Audubon Society

St. Lucie Audubon Society

St. Petersburg Audubon Society

Tampa Audubon Society

Tropical Audubon Society

Venice Area Audubon Society

West Pasco Audubon Society

West Volusia Audubon Society

Barrier Island Parks Society

Bay County Conservancy

Blackwater Heritage State Trail Citizen Support Organization

Breckenridge Golf and Tennis Club

Caloosahatchee River Citizens Association (Riverwatch)

Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife

Carrabelle Cares and Waterfront Partnership

Citizens for an Engaged Electorate

Citrus County Council

City of Cedar Key

Clean Water Action

Coastal Plains Institute and Land Conservancy

Collany Properties

Committee of the Islands on Sanibel

Conservancy of Southwest Florida

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast

Conservation Trust for Florida

Defenders of Wildlife

Democratic Club of Coral Gables Area

Democratic Club of Lake County

Democratic Club of North Broward

Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida

Democratic Environmental Caucus of Florida – Southwest Florida Chapter

Democratic Women’s Club of Hardee County

Democratic Women’s Club of Highlands County

Democratic Women’s Club of Indian River County

Democratic Women’s Club of Florida

Earth Ethics

EarthJustice Florida

East Coast Greenway Alliance

Emerald Coastkeeper

Endangered Species Coalition

Environmental Confederation of Southwest Florida (ECOSWF)

Environmental Conservation Organization

Environmental Education Council of Broward County, Florida

Estero Council of Community Leaders

Everglades Coalition

Everglades Foundation

First Florida Frontiers

Florida Clean Water Network

Florida Conservation Alliance

Florida Conservation Coalition

Florida Consumer Action Network

Florida Defenders of the Environment

Florida Disabled Outdoors Association

Florida Federation of Garden Clubs

Florida Keys Citizens Coalition

Florida Native Plant Society

Florida Native Plant Society – Citrus Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society – Coccoloba Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society – Cocoplum Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society – Conradina Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society – Coontie Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society – Cuplet Fern Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society – Dade Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society – Hernando Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society – Ixia Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society – Lake Beautyberry Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society – Lakelas Mint Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society – Longleaf Pine Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society – Lyonia Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society – Magnolia Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society – Mangrove Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society – Marion Big Scrub Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society – Nature Coast Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society – Palm Beach Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society – PawPaw Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society – Paynes Prairie Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society – Pinellas Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society – Sarracenia Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society – Sea Oats Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society – Serenoa Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society – Sparkleberry Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society – Sumter Spiderwort Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society – Suncoast Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society – Sweetbay Chapter

Florida Native Plant Society – Tarflower Chapter

Florida Ornithological Society

Florida Outdoor Recreation Coalition

Florida Paddling Trails Association

Florida Panther Society

Florida Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility

Florida Society of Ethical Ecotourism

Florida State University Environmental Services Program

Florida Trail Association

Florida Trail Association – Alligator Amblers Chapter

Florida Trail Association – Apalachee Chapter

Florida Trail Association – Big Cypress Chapter

Florida Trail Association – Central Florida Chapter

Florida Trail Association – Choctawhatchee Chapter

Florida Trail Association – Fisheating Creek Chapter

Florida Trail Association – Florida Cracker Chapter

Florida Trail Association – Halifax-St. Johns Chapter

Florida Trail Association – Happy Hoofers Chapter

Florida Trail Association – Heartland Chapter

Florida Trail Association – Indian River Chapter

Florida Trail Association – Loxahatchee Chapter

Florida Trail Association – North Florida Trail Blazers Chapter

Florida Trail Association – Panhandle Chapter

Florida Trail Association – Suncoast Chapter

Florida Trail Association – Tropical Trekkers Chapter

Florida Trail Association – Western Gate Chapter

Florida Wildlife Federation

Florida’s Nature Coast Conservancy

Friends of Arthur R Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

Friends of Perdido Bay

Friends of Pinellas Master Naturalists

Friends of St. Joseph Bay Preserves

Friends of St. Joseph Peninsula State Park

Friends of St. Sebastian River

Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge

Friends of the Miccosukee Greenway

Friends of the Wacissa

Friends of the Wekiva River

Friends of Wakulla Springs State Park

Golden Gate Civic Association

Green Horizon Land Trust

Green Party of Florida

Gulf Coast Conservancy

Halifax Heritage Byway

Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute

IDEAS for US (Intellectual Decisions on Environmental Awareness Solutions)

Indian River Land Trust

Indian Riverkeeper

League of Conservation Voters

Lemon Bay Conservancy

Leon Soil and Water Conservation District

Lighthouse Bay at the Brooks

Millstone Institute for Preservation

National Wildlife Federation

Nehrling Gardens

North American Butterfly Association – Citrus County

North American Native Fishes Association

North Florida Land Trust

Ormond Scenic Loop and Trail

Paddle Florida

Pine Ridge Sanctuary/Pine Ridge Orchids

Progress Florida

Protect our Watersheds

Public Trust Environmental Legal Institute of Florida

Putnam County Environmental Council

Putnam Land Conservancy

Rails to Trails Conservancy

Rainbow River Conservation

Redlands Citizens Association

Reef Relief

River of Grass Greenway

Rookery Pointe Homeowners Association

Sanibel – Captiva Conservation Foundation

Save Our Suwannee

Save the Manatee Club

Science Eye

Shadow Wood Community Association

Shady Historic and Scenic Trails Association

Sierra Club Florida Chapter

Sierra Club – Ancient Islands Group

Sierra Club – Broward Group

Sierra Club – Calusa Group

Sierra Club – Greater Charlotte Harbor Group

Sierra Club – Loxahatchee Group

Sierra Club – Nassau County Group

Sierra Club – Northeast Group

Sierra Club – Suwannee-St. Johns

Sierra Club – Tampa Bay Group

Sierra Club – Turtle Coast Group

Silver River Keeper Foundation

Silver Springs Alliance

Snook Foundation

South Florida Wildlands Association

Southern Trailriders Association

Southwest Florida Watershed Council

Space Coast Progressive Alliance

Spring Run Golf Club

St. Andrew Bay Resource Management Association

St. Johns River Alliance

St. Johns Riverkeeper

Students Advocating Sustainability at Stetson

Sunshine State Interfaith Power and Light

Surfrider Foundation

Suwannee Bicycle Association

Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy

Tallahassee Citizens Climate Lobby

Tampa Bay Conservancy

The Conservation Fund

The Nature Conservancy

The Villagers

Timucuan Trail Parks Foundation

Treasured Lands Foundation

Trust for Public Land

UCF College Democrats Environmental Caucus

Urban Environment League of Greater Miami

Urban Paradise Guild

UWF Student Environmental Action Society

Wakulla Springs Alliance

Wellington Preservation Coalition

Wildlands Conservation

Wildlife Society – Florida Chapter

Wildwood Preservation Society

Women for Wise Growth

Women’s History Coalition

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