Help Protect Florida’s State Aquatic Preserves Ask Governor Crist and Secretary Sole to
Protect This Prime Habitat for Manatees
Great news! In a very crucial budget year, Save the Manatee Club was able to preserve full funding for the state’s manatee rescue and rehabilitation programs – over $1 million – in the final days of Florida’s Legislative Session, thanks to your support and action! Without this vital funding, many manatees injured by boats or sick from the effects of red tide would not be rescued and would be left on their own to suffer and die.
Working with a strong coalition of environmental and wildlife organizations, we were successful at stopping or amending most of the worst proposals. We helped to prevent state park budget cuts that would have resulted in park closures and less staff to manage state-owned land, pass legislation for seagrass protection, and maintained funding for Florida’s premier land-buying program, Florida Forever. Although funding fell far short for this program, the Legislature passed a $4 million appropriation to issue bonds for $250 million worth of land. Unfortunately, a good proposal for the protection of Florida’s priceless springs did not get passed.
But we can’t stop there. We need your immediate help to safeguard natural resources and water quality within Florida’s State Aquatic Preserves, many of which are prime habitat for manatees.
What You Can Do:
1. Add your information below to send an email to Florida Governor Charlie Crist and the Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Michael Sole, asking them to prevent staffing cuts to the Aquatic Preserves program.