The state is the grantee of the Governor’s Authorized Representative funds. Florida’s public colleges and universities, regional planning councils, national estuary programs and nonprofit groups may also apply if an eligible local government agrees to participate as a partner. These protected areas comprise more than 4 million acres of the most valuable submerged lands and select coastal uplands in Florida. Factors considered: The overall text of the bill increases its chances of being enacted. This analysis resulted in a Conservation Needs Assessment, which established baseline protection status for each natural resource, and provides a tool for tracking progress in resource acquisition.