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The DEP has been putting together a request for cattle ranchers to bid on taking over 6,630 acres of the 37,000-acre park, which hasn’t had any cattle in it since the state bought it in the 1930s. The proposed lease documents, which have not yet been released publicly, include a number of requirements to limit the impact from the cows’ grazing and subsequent fecal output.Times (2004)

State officials ponder cattle ranching and more to make money off state parks

The new boss of the state Department of Environmental Protection, Jon Steverson, wants to make the award-winning Florida State Park system pay for itself. That means letting some things into the parks that until now have been kept out. Timber companies chopping down the state's trees. Cattle grazing on taxpayer-own …

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    Obama: 'Jeb Bush, do you really want to do this?'

    Jeb Bush was a popular topic at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday in Washington. President Obama joked about Bush marking himself as Hispanic on a voter registration form and then, mocking the whole celebrity-laden dinner, had his alter ego ask, "Jeb Bush do you really want to do this?"...

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    Former St. Petersbug mayor to be named tree czar

    David Fischer, who served as St. Petersburg's mayor from 1991 to 2000, will be named the city's tree czar by Mayor Rick Kriseman on Saturday....

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    Florida education news: Testing, homelessness, vouchers and more

    CHOICE: Florida lawmakers are interfering with local control in offering families school choices they aren't even asking for, Times columnist John Romano writes....

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