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Your Call: Buying More Land

August 24, 2016 - 8:30pm

Nowhere do competing interests engage in lustier arguments over how much land should be in public ownership than in Florida.

Today, government owns nearly 50 percent of South Florida -- that’s 5.5 million acres. Some 27 percent of the state's total land mass is owned by some government entity.

The State of Florida has acquired more than 683,000 acres under the Florida Forever program. Combined with the purchases of Florida Forever's forerunner, Preservation 2000 program, Florida Forever’s forerunner, the state has acquired more than 2.5 million acres since 1990.  You can find a complete statistical abstract for conservation land acquisitions here

Environmentalists, citing the development and population boom over the past 50 years that has made Florida the third largest state in the nation, favor purchasing as much land for future generations as possible -- even if that land has no immediate purpose in a conservation plan. 

They also argue that since 2010 when Rick Scott was first elected governor, the purchase of conservation land has fallen off dramatically while the population continues to rise. And Floridians showed they favor buying land because they overwhelmingly voted in favor of Amendment 1.

On the other side, fiscal conservatives, taxpayer organizations, free marketeers and conservatives generally want government to buy land only prudently, only specifically and for a necessary purpose. Every time government goes land shopping, they say, it takes private property off the tax rolls, creating a need for higher taxes on remaining property. 

Sure, some land should be publicly owned, they say, but before government spends more money on more land, it should use the money and property it already owns to finish Everglades restoration and address other problems statewide. They say government is doing a poor job of maintaining the land it has.

So, our question for you here is this:

Do you think Florida needs to buy more land?

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Micah . I can see what your saying... Eddie `s blog is astonishing, on monday I bought a top of the range Lotus Elise after having made $9735 this-past/four weeks and also ten-k last-month . this is definitely the easiest job Ive had . I began this 9-months ago and pretty much straight away started making a nice more than $74 per-hour ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ http://www.homejobs7.com

"Public" Ownership is a misnomer!.". IT's "Government" Ownership ! The Federal and State Governments own FAR TOO MUCH of America's land under the auspices of the "Sierra Club" and its "environmentalist ilk", thereby SHUTTING DOWN use by the "public"!!! If it was up to environmentalists & politicians, we would ALL be living in cities, and their immediate suburbs (where we could ALL be easily CONTROLLED. Politicians like to "own" so called "public land" in order to "trade" it for privately owned land necessary to suit THEIR intentions and purposes (as well as those of their environmentalist 'partners') in order to subvert and circumvent "Emminent Domain" situations that are publically unpopular and can be "tied up" in courts resolving Constitutional arguments for decades. Governments buying up more property under the "public" misnomer???...NO WAY !!!!! Are you people paying attention to to just how much of America Barak Hussein Obama has bought up since he has been in office?!?!? Towards WHAT end?!?!? AND at whose bidding?!?..ENVIRONMENTALISTS?!?!? To prevent America's OWN use of it's natural resources for whatever reason????? OR to sell, or rent, those resources to foreign governments???? (How about Hillary's approval for Russia to own MOST of our uranium production?..For What??..to enhance her "Clinton Foundation" fortune by "pressing her "reset button"?? (They are ALL thieves Folks,...at your expense, and at the expense of our Republic...) IT'S ALL ABOUT GOVERNMENT USURPING PUBLIC MONEY FOR CLANDESTIN USE, OR TO RE-PAY BORROWED MONEY USED IMPROPERLY. WAKE UP AMERICA ! YOUR COUNTRY IS BEING "BOUGHT UP" BY THIEVES RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOUR VERY EYES !!!!!!

How about buying more Anoles to eat those Mosquitoes.

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