Sunday, April 18, 2004

"Let John Q. have a voice on growth" in today's Star Telegram - gives us Texans much food for thought!

Here are a few excerpts. For full article go to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram http://www.dfw.com/mld/dfw/news/opinion/8455061.htm?1c

"MIAMI - A grassroots move to give Floridians a defining voice in how their communities grow has touched off a back-room panic among some developers, builders and the politicians they own. . .Selling out to wealthy developers is a grand tradition in Florida politics. . .Their high-paid lobbyists and lawyers typically call the shots with county commissions and zoning boards. They're accustomed to getting what they want, which is why they so dread the prospect of a citizen referendum. . .Contrary to what some opponents say, the measure would not dismantle the present system by which major developments are processed. Local zoning and planning boards would still be involved from the beginning. Basically, the major difference is that voters -- not elected officeholders -- would make the ultimate decision in cases requiring changes in the land-use plan. . . .More than ever, the economy is relying on growth for the sheer dumb sake of growth. . .As you'd expect, state legislators are studiously conspiring to keep the Home Democracy Amendment away from the electorate . . .But the next time you're stuck on the interstate in southwest Broward, look around and ask yourself if ordinary citizens could possibly do a worse job of managing growth than the chowderheads who are currently in charge. . . .In theory, of course, we shouldn't have to go out and vote on every major development. In theory, the people we elect to office should be able to make those decisions competently and free of secret influence. In theory, the interests and welfare of a neighborhood should carry just as much weight as those of St. Joe or any other big powerful company."

Carl Hiaasen is a columnist for The Miami Herald. 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, Fla. 33132

More Dredging Photos Now Available

Went out in the boat yesterday and took photos of three coves where dredging has been completed. You can view the photos at this link.

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