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Garden club donates $500 for wildlife cause

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 31, 2002

DADE CITY -- A big cat brought in big cash Thursday as the Dade City Garden Club donated $500 to support, an organization pushing for a Pasco County land acquisition and management program.

With the support of and other environmentalists, the political action committee eLAMP hopes to persuade Pasco County commissioners to put a referendum on the ballot allowing residents to decide whether they should allow a quarter-mill tax to pay for a 20-year bond issue. Money from the bond would be used to buy environmentally sensitive lands.

The committee's name, eLAMP, stands for Environmental Lands Acquisition and Management Program.

For Thursday's donation ceremony, Judy Watson of Survival Outreach Sanctuary brought along "Cougar," an 11-year-old cougar raised in captivity.

The preservation initiative is important to everyone who cares for animals, Watson said.

Vicki West, garden club president, said the club's donation is part of its ongoing environmental efforts.

"We're not just a social club," West said. "We get involved in everything that affects our environment."

Jennifer Seney of said anyone interested in supporting the drive for a referendum can check out the group's Web site or call (813) 907-0200.

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