Protesters Support Amendment 4 in Pasco listen01/12/10 Mark Anderson
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Nearly a dozen protesters congregated in front of the Pasco County Courthouse today, to show their support for the Florida Hometown Democracy-supported Amendment 4. The measure would require the establishment of comprehensive growth plans for local governments, and require voter approval for plan changes. The Pasco County Board of Commissioners met today to consider a resolution opposing the measure.
Some Floridians are worried that too much growth is bad, and that our quality of life and services are suffering in support of big developers. A small group of protesters were at the Pasco County Courthouse today to voice their concerns. Clay Colson discussed the Cypress Creek development in South Pasco. He also believes that County Commissioners donâ€™t follow the 2005 growth plan adopted by Pasco, and that developers have too much influence over the Commission.
Protester Jill Yelverton is also frustrated that the plan is being ignored, and that dense development is happening too often.
Florida Hometown Democracy was formed to find a way to modify the way growth is managed in Florida. Janet Stanko is a campaign organizer for the group, and is critical of the amount of influence developers have over the Commissioners.
The amendment's supporters argue that shifting decision-making authority from Commissioners to voters is critical for Florida.
The Pasco Commissioners prepared a resolution opposing the amendment, and scheduled it for a vote at todayâ€™s Commission meeting. The resolution says that the amendment will create delay and overhead in managing the rapidly changing development environment. This morning, Commission Chairman Pat Mulieri announced another delay.
At issue is the legality of opposing an initiative that is already scheduled for the general election in November. Today, legal counsel will advise the commissioners on the issues, and if they agree to proceed, it will be voted on at the next Commission meeting on January 26.