As a friend, your dues & support help preserve incredible beaches, magnificent wetlands, historic and cultural sites and the fragile beauty of the Real Florida for years to come!

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Florida Greenways & Trails Foundation, Inc.  (FGTF) is our sister statewide organization, which aims to advocate for and help create a statewide system of trails and greenways to advance health, recreation, transportation and tourism.


Governor Scott’s recommended budget of more than $50 million for 2017 is a 17% increase over the last budget. More than $50 million is requested for state park enhancements, management and facility improvements which include:

  • $40 million – State Park Facility Improvements
  • $4 million – ADA Repairs/Remove Access Barriers
  • $2.7 million – Fire Equipment
  • $1.9 million – Road Repairs for State Parks
  • $1 million – Parks and Community Trails Program (PACT)
  • $450,000 – Fire Trucks

Join us in support of this $50 million budget by thanking Governor Scott for the proposed increase in funding for our treasured State Parks. And, just as important, urge your legislators to approve it.

Contact Information for Governor Rick Scott

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What to say in your letters/emails?

    • Let them know how Florida State Parks benefit you personally, be it rest, play, wildlife observations, family gatherings.
    • Use the below impressive statistics which show how important Florida State Parks & Trails are to Florida’s economy:

Florida’s state park system is comprised of 174 state parks, trails and historic sites on 791,145 acres. The system serves more than 31 million visitors annually, has an economic impact over $2.8 billion, and in the form of state sales taxes, contributes $191,604,535 to the state’s general revenue. More than 45,525 jobs were created in the local economies. Visitors come in part to enjoy Florida’s natural environment, “…the Real Florida.”

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