There was a lot to get mad over in Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' heavy-handed use of the line-item veto on this year's state budget. Glaring terminations of programs meant to help survivors of the Pulse shooting and house homeless youth stuck out, but they were far from the only hits to Central Florida. DeSantis slashed funding to projects across the region, including a documentary film about the Ocoee massacre and a project to make Winter Park's Mead Gardens nature trail accessible to people with disabilities.
The single largest cut in Central Florida was $1 million in funding for a documentary on the 1920 Election Day massacre in Ocoee. The funding was meant to help produce a documentary about the riots that left at least 30 people dead, Black-owned properties destroyed and drove out Black residents for decades.
Elsewhere, DeSantis removed funding from a drinking water improvement program in Groveland, a new government building in Clermont and a project to improve the Indian River Lagoon. He axed $250,000 from an initiative to aid development in Southeast Orlando and another $95,000 from a project to make Winter Park's Mead Botanical Garden ADA-compliant.
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