- Associated Press - Monday, October 23, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Rick Scott wants to spend more on the state’s beaches, springs and state parks.

Scott on Monday rolled out spending recommendations for 2018 that call for increasing money spent on environmental programs by more than $220 million.

The Republican governor announced his $1.7 billion proposal in Naples.

Scott wants legislators to increase money set aside for Everglades restoration. He also wants them to spend $50 million on Florida Forever, the state’s land conservation program.

The budget recommendations also call for an increase for state parks and a boost in spending on beach restoration programs to $100 million.

Andrew Gillum, a Democrat running for governor, criticized Scott and said he was only seeking more money this coming year because he is expected to run for U.S. Senate.

Legislators will consider the requests in January.

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