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TALLAHASSEE (CBS4) – Governor Rick Scott closed the door on the idea of shutting down some of Florida’s state parks, but was also put on the defensive for his plans to reduce funding to water management districts.

Scott’s refusal to shut down state parks comes after plans were released to temporarily close 53 of the state’s 160 state parks to meet spending cuts Scott asked for in his budget.

“We’ve got great parks, and we’ve got to make sure we preserve them and take care of them,” Scott said Friday after visiting the department’s headquarters.

But while Scott was making some nature lovers happy; he was angering water management districts with his 25 percent tax cut for the water districts.

Environmentalists fear the plan could reduce spending on Everglades restoration and water clean-up efforts in the St. John’s River.

Under Scott’s new budget, the South Florida Water Management District would lose more than $95 million in revenue collected from property taxes.

Scott said the districts would just have to operate with less money like taxpayers have to do because of Florida’s depressed economy.

His plan, like many of his budget cuts, is receiving a cool reception in the Florida legislature. State Representative Trudi Williams said she didn’t have a problem with the state not buying more land, but said the water management districts have to be able to do their jobs.

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Comments (8)
  1. Dean says:

    This guy has no clue

    1. K Lancet says:

      Agreed. Why did people vote for this idiot?

    2. BETH says:


  2. tony montana says:

    Impeach rick “Ross” Scott and every tea party scumbag in the legislature.

  3. Dan says:

    Most Floridians affectionitly call them the Water mismanagement district. Sorry Dean but The Governor is not the one without a clue sir.

    1. Chris says:

      Dan, you’re the one without a clue. Try going without water, because that’s what the end result will be. They;re not making anymore water, you know.

  4. Oscar says:

    Kudos for the Gov.Water Management is a cash cow for some districts.They do not do anything that cannot be done for less.Half of them all they do is add chlorine to the water and have super overpaid managers.Cut salaries by half and half of the cost of them is gone.People need the State Parks now that there is less money coming into the house.The people need to take the kids to the State Parks and enjoy a very needed relax time and for as cheap as possible.That is the reason why State Parks are there for.Go Gov.

  5. Anita Stewart says:

    Hummm, that is interesting. I serve on the Hillsborough Soil and Water Conservation Board. I don’t get paid a penny for serving in this capacity.

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