1000 Friends of Florida


Since 1986, 1000 Friends of Florida’s experienced staff has partnered with citizens, community and state leaders, conservation and business groups and others to promote a sustainable Florida.  Highlights include:

Building better communities

  • Partnering to promote sustainable community design, revitalize waterfront communities, facilitate disaster planning for historic resources, and more
  • Establishing the Palm Beach/Martin County Green Initiative  and Florida Panhandle Initiative to promote sound community planning and effective advocacy
  • Playing a leading role in relocating the Scripps Biomedical Research Institute campus from rural Palm Beach County to an infill site near existing roads and schools
  • Instrumental in passage and continuation of Florida’s Sadowski Affordable Housing Act, a dedicated revenue source for housing for the most vulnerable populations
  • Assisting local governments and nonprofits to promote workforce housing, and shaping public policy at the state and national levels

Saving special places

  • Producing Florida 2060, which reveals that by 2060 roughly 7 million acres of additional land could be converted from rural to urban uses in Florida
  • Supporting Preservation 2000 and Florida Forever, saving more than 2.4 million acres of sensitive lands.  Continue to advocate for Florida Forever and a successor land acquisition program
  • Launching Florida Greenways to create an “emerald necklace” of protected natural lands
  • Advocating for Everglades Restoration, providing input on proposals that could impact restoration efforts
  • Leading on springs protection planning, producing an award-winning manual, conducting workshops, and promoting legislation
  • Supporting the creation of wildlife corridors and green infrastructure through a planning manual and workshops
  • Leading a major summit on rural land conservation

Advocating on behalf of Floridians

  • Championing over five dozen major administrative, appellate and Florida Supreme Court growth management legal cases with statewide significance
  • Lobbying the Florida Legislature each year in support of sound planning
  • Shaping key state legislation and public policy

Educating on smarter growth

  • Producing more than forty handbooks and manuals
  • Conducting hundreds of educational workshops and webinars
  • Recognizing model efforts to save special places and build better communities through the annual Better Community Awards
  • Reaching out via our website, Foresight, email alerts, Facebook and Twitter , the media and more
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