Gov. Scott’s bottom-line focus worries environmentalists over state parks plan

Gov. Scott’s bottom-line focus worries environmentalists over state parks plan

Gov. Rick Scott’s bottom-line focus on state government is stirring environmentalists across Florida wary of the upcoming legislative session and another wave of efforts to make state parks help pay for themselves.

Scott’s Department of Environmental Protection chief, Jon Steverson, sparked a firestorm of opposition earlier this year by discussing park management plans that could include expanding hunting, grazing and logging activities at some of Florida’s 174 state parks.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection chief, Jon Steverson, has discussed park management plans that could include expanding hunting, grazing and logging.

Thousands of petition signatures emerged from those against the idea, along with a call for Steverson’s ouster[…]