The Acquisition and Restoration Council (ARC) received twelve new project proposals for the Florida Forever 2023 Cycle 2: Lake Powell North, English Forest Preserve, Chunky Pond, Little Pine Ranch, Trailhead Blue Springs, Waccasassa Bay Headwaters, Ford Marsh, Yarborough Ranch, Welles Ranch, Deer Creek Ranch, Venus Project, and Myakka Ranch. On June 9, 2023, ARC voted to move all twelve proposals on for more detailed review.
Section 259.07, Florida Statutes, requires ARC to hold public meetings to take testimony on new Florida Forever proposals “in such areas of the state where the major portions of such land are situated.” ARC will take the required public testimony on these proposals as well as other existing Florida Forever projects.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.