ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – State Representative Anthony Sabatini (District 32) wants to swipe all Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) across the state of Florida off the table.
This wasn’t just lip service or mere conversation. He doubled down by putting it in writing on Facebook and on Twitter, seemingly in response to the Orlando Sentinel’s recent article on the Orange Soil & Water Conservation District Board’s attempt to remove Supervisors Daisy Morales and Nicole McLaren.
“These Soil and Water Conservation District Boards have lofty sounding names but literally do nothing,” he posted on both social media accounts on January 19, 2020. “Next session I’ll be filing a bill to eliminate them statewide.”
“While it may be true that a couple of SWCD’s may need to refocus on their core mission, that is no reason to abolish all Districts in the State. The overwhelming majority of Districts provide an invaluable service to agricultural producers and the citizens of the State of Florida. Just to touch on one of many, SWCD’s serve as a conduit for many programs and cost share projects. Through our contracts with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture, SWCD’s are able to deliver many services. These partnerships allow more deliverables and benefits to reach the end user at a cost much less than if implemented by the two agencies referenced above. The benefits are not limited to agricultural producers and landowners. Work of the SWCD’s enhances and increases enrollments in Best Management Practices (BMP’s) which enhances all Floridians quality of life. Consequently, it would be a huge mistake to abolish SWCD’s throughout the state.” – Jeff Moore, President, Association of Florida Conservation Districts
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