Statement by Associated Industries and Coalition for Responsible Preservation of Public Land Representative Keyna Cory Regarding Florida Forever Program

April 30, 2008

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — “The Florida Coalition for Responsible Preservation of Public Land (RPPL) and Associated Industries applaud the work of Florida legislators in their efforts to continue protecting the state’s precious natural resources.  We support today’s action to extend the successful initiatives of the Florida Forever program and encourage Governor Crist to sign this worthy legislation into law.  Our Coalition is deeply committed to protecting Florida’s pristine lands, wildlife and waterways, and the work by legislators demonstrates their shared commitment as well.

“Our elected leaders, with the leadership of bill sponsors Senator Burt Saunders (R-Naples) and Representative Will Kendrick (R-Carrabelle), have shown great wisdom in recognizing that Florida’s natural beauty is uniquely connected to our economy and overall quality of life.  Each year, millions of Floridians and thousands of tourists enjoy our state’s award-winning beaches, our wonderful climate and the abundance of parks and other outdoor recreational venues.  The legislation protects the state’s pristine lands while also recognizing the need for the responsible use of water supply programs, public access to water areas, imperiled species habitats and working waterfronts.

“Florida’s pristine environment can be preserved, while also providing reasonable access for the recreational enjoyment of boaters, bird watchers, hunters and other avid outdoorsmen.  The enhanced Florida Forever program will provide for the environmentally-sound use of certain lands to responsibly keep pace with the state’s growing population and economic needs for generations to come.”

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Florida RPPL Coalition Members
American Waterworks Association
Association of Florida Community Developers
Associated Industries of Florida
Ben Hill Griffin, Inc.
Boat U.S.
Citizens for Florida's Waterways
Duda & Sons
Florida Agriculture Association
Florida Airboat Association
Florida Association of Realtors
Florida Cattlemen’s Association
Florida Electric Power Coordinating Group
Florida Farm Bureau
Florida Forestry Association
Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association
Florida Home Builders Association
Florida Marine Contractors Association
Marine Industries Association of Florida
Marine Industries Association of South Florida
Marine Industries Association of Southwest Florida
National Marine Manufacturers Association
Organized Fishermen of Florida
USA Water Ski