The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Says “Yes” on Amendment 1

Contact: Will Abberger, (850) 294-2006

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida’s Water and Land Legacy campaign to pass Amendment 1 in November today welcomed the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s endorsement of Amendment 1, the Water and Land Conservation Amendment.

“The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, representing more than 10,000 hoteliers, restaurateurs and suppliers, is proud to support the Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative, Amendment 1, appearing on the general election ballot in November,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the FRLA. “It is important we work together as a state to protect not only our drinking water resources, but also Florida’s recreational lands that draw millions of tourists to the Sunshine State.”

If approved by voters, Amendment 1 – The Water and Land Conservation Amendment – would take effect July 1, 2015, and provide 20 years of dedicated funding for conservation and the management and restoration of Florida’s natural water and land resources.

“This endorsement is yet another example of  how critical the issue of water and land conservation is to the future of our state,” said Will Abberger, campaign manager for Florida’s Water and Land Legacy campaign. “In November, Floridians have the opportunity to make conservation a top priority in our state – without raising taxes – by voting ‘yes’ on Amendment 1.”

Amendment 1 would set aside one-third of documentary stamp taxes – paid when real estate is sold – to conservation measures aimed at restoring the Everglades, protecting drinking water sources, and reviving the state’s historic commitment to preserving natural lands and wildlife habitat. For almost 20 years, Florida used this funding source to protect natural areas and wildlife habitat, and to preserve water quality, but in recent years the funding has been diverted to other purposes.

For more information about Florida’s Water and Land Legacy Amendment, visit

About Florida’s Water and Land Legacy
 Florida’s Water and Land Legacy is the campaign working to win voter approval of Amendment 1, Water and Land Conservation Amendment in November 2014.  More than 40,000 Floridians have signed up to support Florida’s Water and Land Legacy.  The coalition includes more than 400 organizations and businesses from across the state.  To learn more about the Amendment 1 please visit

About the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association FRLA is Florida’s premier non-profit hospitality industry trade association. Our mission is to ‘Protect, Educate and Promote’ Florida’s $76.1 billion hospitality industry which represents 23% of Florida’s economy, $4.6 billion in sales tax revenue, and nearly 1.1 million employees - making it the state’s number one industry. We offer regulatory compliance and food safety training needs (RCS and SafeStaff®); industry developed career-building high school programs (FRLAEF); sponsor the only event in Florida exclusively serving the restaurant and foodservice industry (FR&L Show, September 7-9, 2014 in Orlando); and we safeguard the needs of the hospitality industry by providing legislative advocacy. We represent and serve more than 10,000 independent and household name members, suppliers, and theme parks. For more information, go to and find us on Twitter @FRLAnews, Facebook and YouTube.