9 Investigates: Will hunting in Florida state parks become reality?

9 Investigates: Will hunting in Florida state parks become reality?

Two things you can do about the vote to confirm Jon Steverson as Sec of DEP that took place in a committee vote today.
1.Call or email Senator Christopher L. Smith (D) and thank him for voting NOT to confirm Sec Steverson 850-487-5031 smith.chris.web@flsenate.gov
2.Then call or email Senator Darren Soto (D) and ask him change his vote and vote NOT to confirm Sec. Steverson when it comes to the full Senate. You could also ask him why he voted for him.
850-487-5014 soto.darren.web@flsenate.gov
He will still need to be confirmed by the full Senate.

FLORIDA — In May, the man poised to head the Florida Department of Environmental Protection told state leaders he wanted state parks to make money in new ways, including cattle grazing, logging and for the first time, hunting. “We can support these goals while becoming self-sustaining,” said Jon Steverson to a Florida House committee earlier this year. “That’s going to benefit the taxpayer. I want to maximize value for the taxpayer.”

Steverson will appear before the Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation on Wednesday.

Senators said they want more information about his plans to turn a profit at state parks, especially a plan to expand hunting for the first time into the state’s 160 state parks.

“These are areas where we preserve old Florida to let generations know what was in our past,” said Sen. Darren Soto, D-Orange County, who sits on the Senate Committee on Environmental Preservation and Conservation. “The whole idea is they are for preservation, not for exploitation.”

Soto said he wants to hear exactly what Steverson has planned for state parks, expressing a concern among many senators that viewing the lands as a profit center may be misguided. […]