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Florida panther. Credit: State Archives of Florida.
Read the original article here in Florida Phoenix.
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
– A river is like a life: once taken,
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Statewide Survey: Most Floridians Want More Protection for the Environment and More Money to Protect Endangered Species
With Florida’s population rising over a decade, most residents surveyed believe the state should do more to protect the environment from population growth and development, according to a statewide survey conducted by the University of South Florida.
About 64 percent of the respondents felt that way, according to a sample of 600 Floridians questioned in the survey. The survey was done from July 15-25.
Florida is home to about 21.5 million residents, according to 2020 U.S. Census data, and the state’s population grew by nearly 2.7 million, compared to 2010.
Meanwhile, the Florida panther, an endangered animal beloved in the Sunshine State, has been threatened by new road construction projects in the state. Environmental groups continue to advocate for protecting the big cats.
In fact, the survey found that 52 percent of respondents strongly supported more funding to safeguard endangered species, such as Florida panthers and manatees.
In addition, 55 percent of residents surveyed strongly supported actions “restricting the use of agricultural fertilizers that can contribute to red-tide outbreaks.”
About 55 percent of residents surveyed also said more action is needed to preserve the state’s natural ecosystems.
About 49 percent strongly supported committing additional funding to preserve Florida’s natural ecosystems, according to the survey.