THE GAINESVILLE SUN: Dave Denslow: Corporate welfare with an environmental cost

THE GAINESVILLE SUN: October 14, 2016. Written by Dave Denslow.

County Commissioner Robert Hutchinson has noted Alachua County’s low rank in the share of land under conservation management, 37th among Florida’s 67 counties.

Using the August 2016 update of the Florida Natural Areas Inventory, I calculate that 30 percent of Florida’s acreage has been set aside for conservation. For Alachua County, that share falls just under 20 percent. The leader is Monroe with 96 percent. Others with more than 60 percent include Miami-Dade, Collier and Broward. If you think you see a pattern there, you’re right. Each of those counties has enormous Everglades acreage under federal or state management.

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