Support Full Funding for Florida State Parks
The Foundation is proud to lead this advocacy role in Tallahassee by educating our legislators about the value of our state parks and the need to protect and preserve them. The Foundation is working closely with the Florida Park Service and DEP and has their full support in this effort. We ask you to join with us and let your voice be heard.
In his FY 2020 budget proposal, Governor DeSantis has requested $54 million for fixed capital and land management and an additional $100 million for Florida Forever. Currently, both the Senate and House have indicated that their Florida Park Service allocations will fall short of the requested amount.
Please call your local legislators, now, and urge them to support a fully funded Florida Park Service!
Please also call the chairs of the House and Senate appropriations committees expressing your appreciation for their efforts in the past and to ask for their continued support (see contact info below).
As we did last year, every legislator has been sent a letter from the Foundation itemizing, district by district, how important state parks are, both in terms of economic impact to the local community and jobs provided. In some instances, senators and representatives have over 20 parks in their districts and there are only a handful that have none.
Last year, despite the impact of Hurricane Michael, state parks and trails served more than 28 million visitors generating $2.4 billion in direct economic impact to local communities statewide creating more than 33,000 jobs as a result of state park operations. In addition, over $158 million was raised in the form of state sales tax.
It is important that we all speak with the same voice and communicate the same message as agreed by DEP and FSPF. Our message is that Florida’s state parks are one of the state's greatest success stories and continue to be a sound investment yielding a massive return on investment. Of course, we all know this, we just need to make sure everyone else – especially the policy and decision makers do as well.
THANK YOU for your support as we advocate for all Florida State Parks!
Please also call the chairs of the House and Senate appropriations committees expressing your appreciation for their efforts in the past and to ask for their continued support.
Senate Appropriations Committee Chair:
Senator Rob Bradley
414 Senate Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
House Appropriations Committee Chair:
W. Travis Cummings
221 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300