Cabinet considers land-buying, resolutions

Gov. Charlie Crist and the Cabinet today will be asked to approve a new Florida Forever list even as the House and Senate propose to eliminate funding for the land-buying program after nearly 20 years of continuous funding.

Also, today, the Cabinet will be asked to approve a list of proposed waterfront projects that will receive grants this year from the Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Program, which also receives Florida Forever money.

The Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Program, created by the Florida Legislature in 2008, provides $7.5 million per year to help maintain commercial fishing. Program officials are recommending the first grants, totaling $6.8 million, go to Brevard County and the cities of Apalachicola and Sebastian.

Also today, Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson will ask the Cabinet to approve a resolution in support of “Landscape Architecture Month” in April. The draft resolution states that landscape architecture “fosters and promotes economically and ecologically sustainable development of Florida’s land and water resources for our present enjoyment while assuring future generations the same opportunity.”

State CFO Alex sink plans to ask the Cabinet to declare April as “Water Conservation Month.” A draft resolution credits the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association with promoting sound water management practices to protect Florida’s water resources and environment.