[Hiking trail at Fox Lake Park, Brevard County, Fla. Photo Credit: Edith Lassonde]
Vote YES on Brevard County’s Environmentally Endangered Land & Water (EEL) referendum to protect thousands of acres of wildlife, water conservation and provide recreational opportunities.
In 1990, 61% of Brevard County voters authorized the EEL program increasing taxes to finance $55 million in bonds. In 2004, 69% of county voters renewed EEL for 20 years, financing another $60 million in bonds. If approved by voters, the 2022 referendum would extend EEL another 20 years, only about half the rate voters overwhelmingly approved in 2004.
EEL has been a successful and valuable program for the county’s residents, wildlife and water resources:
- 28,000 acres preserved and restored
- Created 75 miles of public-use trails
- Protected 35 miles of Indian River Lagoon Shoreline
- Created three educational centers
Voting YES will help keep Florida wild by maintaining previously acquired conservation lands and financing up to $50 million in bonds to acquire new lands chosen to protect the Indian River Lagoon and St. Johns River.