Golf-in-state-parks bills withdrawn (Updated)
State Sen. John Thrasher, R-St. Augustine, and Rep. Pat Rooney, R-Palm Beach Gardens, have withdrawn their support for a widely criticized bill that would have created golf courses in Florida state parks.
A status update on Thrasher’s Senate bill notes it has been withdrawn from further consideration as of today, while Rooney announced via Twitter that he has withdrawn the House version of the measure “after much consideration and listening to the citizens of Florida.”
Here’s what Thrasher says:
While this bill was intended to stimulate tourism and find unique ways to explore economic development, I have had a number of conversations with my constituents and city leaders who have made it very clear that this is not an avenue they are interested in pursuing. I have always said that I am a representative of my community and my community has spoken loud and clear.