Gov. Jeb Bush’s Environmental Legacy During Eight Years In Office

And you thought he was a good guy! So just what is it he is doing to Education? You think Jeb Bush is not a Progressive just because he has an R after his name?


About 1.2 million acres of land acquired for preservation.

_Invested $2 billion of a committed $3.3 billion to be spent through 2010 on Everglades restoration.

_Acquired more than 210,000 acres of land for Everglades restoration, including some 36,000 acres of man-made wetlands that clean water through natural marsh filters.

_More than a million acres of farm land and natural areas converted to housing developments. (Fernandez Family and DERM!)

_Development continues to encroach on the edge of the Everglades. Environmentalists say the region needs a buffer zone to maintain restoration efforts.

_Passage of the 1999 Florida Forever Act to expedite land acquisition for conservation and preservation purposes.

_Congress becomes 50-50 partner with the state on its $10.5 billion Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, or CERP, in 2000.

_A 2003 amendment to the state’s 1994 Everglades Forever Act that, among other things, extended by up to 10 years to 2016 some pollution cleanup requirements for the Everglades.

_A $1.8 billion initiative called Acceler8 intended to quicken Everglades restoration adopted in 2004.

_Last year, the Legislature approves the largest budget for environmental preservation in Florida history – more than $1 billion.

_Passage of 2006 bill to purchase and protect Babcock Ranch, 74,000 acres of largely undeveloped land in southwest Florida. It was the largest-ever state purchase of land for environmental preservation.

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