News Release: Associated Press
August 4, 2014
TALLLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott is pledging to spend hundreds of millions on environmental programs if he's re-elected to a second term.
Scott is scheduled to roll out his environmental platform during a campaign stop Monday in Martin County.
The Republican incumbent vows to dedicate $500 million to springs restoration over the next 10 years as well as $500 million to help create alternative water supplies.
Scott also plans to promise to spend $150 million a year for Florida Forever, the state's environmental and conservation land-buying programs.
The governor is also pledging to crack down on polluters during a second term by increasing the fines that can be assessed against "bad actors" who violate permit terms.
Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist has criticized Scott's environmental record.