September 29th, 2011

Could ads be coming to state parks?

FOX Orlando

A new bill has been filed in the Florida Legislature that would allow advertising on state trails and potentially in state parks as well.

This bill is the Senate companion of a bill already filed by Rep. Bryan Nelson, R-Apopka, that would allow advertising on school buses next year. Rep. Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, says the state has no choice but to look at every source of outside revenue possible.

“In this environment we’re not looking to tax or raise fees. It won’t happen under this Legislature or this Governor, and people are looking to get creative.”

Activist and Sierra Club member Amy Tidd met us at Kiwanis Island Park in Merritt Island, a place where we saw birds, gators, and even a manatee during our visit. She calls the idea of selling ads on trails ridiculous.

“You’ve got to be kidding me? The people, the reason we’ve conserved all of our lands is so that people can get away, go into nature and get away from all of the commercialism, all the bill boards and all that. I think it’s a horrible idea.”

Crisafulli is promising any ad sold would be scrutinized and tasteful, noting that ads would be seen by children.

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