SCF Venice Green Team to Host Presentation on Amendment 1

(Bradenton, Fla., Oct. 7, 2014) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Venice Green Team will host a guest lecture on Amendment 1 at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, building 800, in the Selby Room. The event is free and open to the public.

Amendment 1, the Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative on the Nov. 4 ballot, would dedicate funds to acquire and restore Florida conservation and recreation lands. If approved by voters, 33 percent of net revenue from the existing excise tax on documents would go to the Land Acquisition Trust Fund, which would be expanded to acquire and improve wetlands, forests, beaches, trails and parks, and other conservation lands.

Debi Osborne, director of land protection for the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast in Osprey, will discuss Amendment 1’s strengths and weaknesses. Osborne formerly was director for real estate of the National Audubon Society, overseeing acquisition of conservation lands and managing Audubon’s real estate portfolio, which consists of more than 150,000 acres in 30 states.

This presentation is hosted by the SCF Venice Green Team. Woody McCree, associate professor, art, design, humanities, is the Green Team chair. The SCF Green Team is a group of students, faculty and staff who work in collaboration to design and implement projects that maintain the natural beauty and the environmental significance of SCF Venice.

For more information, contact McCree at 941-408-1503 or Maps and directions are online at


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