Citing a 2013 Moody’s report, House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, recently noted that Florida is poised to again grow at the rate of 1,000 residents each day. Given the history of development issues in our state, whether that is good or bad news depends on your perspective.
The last time Florida experienced such growth, the governor and Legislature felt compelled to adopt the 1985 Growth Management Act. It was designed to deal with the many challenges growth presented to our roads, schools, drinking water supplies, stormwater drainage, coastlines and natural areas. Even with this program in place, Florida still did not keep up with all the impacts of growth.
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