BRADENTON -- Environmentalists plan a one-hour Bradenton rally to lobby legislators in favor of Amendment 1 by funding Florida Forever, Everglades restoration and springs protection starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Manatee County Courthouse, 1115 Manatee Ave. W.
State lawmakers reconvene Monday for a special session in Tallahassee to pass a state budget, which will include the first year of funding under Amendment 1.
"Amendment 1, the Water and Land Conservation Amendment, is the constitutional amendment Florida voters overwhelmingly approved by 75 percent in November to acquire and restore Florida conservation and recreation lands," according to a release by the environmental organization Sierra Club.
Bradenton speakers include Mary Hrenda, a Florida's Water and Land Legacy volunteer; Nick Baden of the Fish and Game Association of Manatee County; Paula Roberts of the League of Women Voters of Manatee County; Andy Mele of the Sierra Club of Manatee and Sarasota counties and Suncoast Water Keeper; and Jono Miller.
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Other rally locations include Alachua, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Stuart and Tampa, according to the release.