Public backlash over allowing billboards on public land convinced the
The district, which handles flood control and leads
The billboard move, encouraged by the
But "extensive public input" and opposition from local governments prompted the district to back away from the billboard proposal, the agency announced Tuesday.
"Because of this feedback, the District has determined it is in the public's best interest to reject all current bids and will not accept other solicitations at this time," the district said in a statement released Tuesday.
The district owns more than 1 million acres from Orlando to the Keys.
The Florida Legislature opened the door to the spread of billboards on district land by exempting the agency from needing local government or
The deals with advertisers were to require that the district receive about 30 percent of advertising revenues from the billboards and get about 5 percent of the display time for public service announcements.
The water management district needs to stay focused on Everglades restoration, water supply and flood protection, according to Audubon of Florida.