I had to schlep down to County Hall with my friends Mabel Miller and Blanca Mesa to get some funding for the program in that stupid 2004 GOB bond, that you all shouldn't have voted for.
We begged and got $40 million allocated to EEL. EEL received an allocation of $40 million from the larger allocation of $680 million to parks and open space. I am pretty sure if we didn't go there, EEL would have gotten zip. It is a program close to my heart because I don't go down to the County for fun. The program buys endangered land and manages it. It was started in 1990 with about $90 million. Natacha Seijas was a big proponent of the program. I suspect it was really her Chief of Staff Terry Murphy.
Their official purpose:
Acquire, preserve, enhance, restore, conserve, and maintain threatened natural forest and wetland communities located in Miami-Dade County, for the benefit of present and future generations.
EEL needs volunteers. Read the flyer and send it around. It is a great way for your kids to get community service hours.
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