Homestead has regained its title of most Dysfunctional Entity in Miami Dade County. Congratulations Homestead. Palmetto Bay was vying for the title but Homestead has it hands down with its phony petition and because Homestead x-Mayor Lynda Bell has been appointed by Governor Scott to the Florida Communities Trust Board (under the Florida Department of Environmental Protection). They oversee land
Yep, that is just where Lynda Bell does not belong. This is a slap in the face by Governor Scott. Remember, she is vengeful so forget getting anything for Miami Dade County. The other members don't sound very good, one works for WCI development.
The Florida Communities Trust has a five-member governing board chaired by Jon Steverson, Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection. The other members include the four public members appointed by the Governor of which Bell is one.
Florida Communities Trust assists communities in protecting important natural resources, providing recreational opportunities and preserving Florida's traditional working waterfronts through the competitive criteria in the Parks and Open Space Florida Forever Grant Program and the Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Florida Forever Grant Program. These local land acquisition grant programs provide funding to local governments and eligible non-profit organizations to acquire land for parks, open space, greenways and projects supporting Florida's seafood harvesting and aquaculture industries. The source of funding for Florida Communities Trust comes from Florida Forever proceeds.
Parks and Open Space Florida Forever Grant ProgramProposed Annexation District for Commission District 11:
The Parks and Open Space Florida Forever grant program assists the Department of Environmental Protection in helping communities meet the challenges of growth, supporting viable community development and protecting natural resources and open space. The program receives 21 percent Florida Forever appropriation.
Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Florida Forever Grant Program
The creation of the Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Florida Forever grant program by the 2008 Florida Legislature acknowledges the importance of the traditional seafood harvesting and aquaculture industries in Florida. The program receives 2.5 percent of the total Florida Forever appropriation.
Florida Communities Trust projects play a significant role in improving the quality of life of Florida's residents. The local and regional parks funded by the Trust's Parks and Open Space grant program also help to promote economic growth and revitalization in local communities through nature based tourism. To learn more about Florida's industries and how Florida Communities Trust fits into the state's economic fabric, please visit the Enterprise Florida website.
The Florida Forever Act provides for land acquisition to protect environmentally significant lands, to protect ground and surface water, to provide high quality recreational opportunities in urban areas, and to help local governments implement their comprehensive plans. Florida Communities Trust is one of several state agencies that receive money from the Florida Forever Program.