Rally and march set for Saturday to protect state parks

[image added by Protect Paynes Prairie]

Opponents of proposals by the state of Florida to commercialize state parks, including Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, will hold a rally and march Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the First Magnitude Brewery, 1220 S.E. Veitch St.

The program will include music by Whitey Markle and the Swamprooters; keynote speakers Jim Stevenson, Leslie Kemp Poole and Pat Harden and children’s games.

The march will be one mile from the brewery to the corner of University Avenue and Main Street.

The event is organized by the Protect Paynes Prairie Coalition with support from a variety of environmental groups, including the Sierra Club and the Audubon Society. The aim is to protect area state parks including those at San Felasco Hammock, O’Leno and Ichetucknee. […]