FL HOMETOWN DEMOCRACY ISSUE MAY NOT MAKE IT TO NOV. 2004 BALLOT - Mitch Perry06/04/04
Among the various proposed Constitutional Amendments that state activists are working on to get on the November Ballot include a grass roots appear to put growth controls in the hands of votersÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Ã¢â‚¬Â¦
But it now appears that Floridians will NOT get the chance to try to slow down growth in the stateÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s because the group behind such a plan Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Florida Hometown Democracy Ã¢â‚¬â€œis woefully shy of the nearly 500,000 signatures they need to turn in to the Secretary of StateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Office in a few months.
Palm Beach County environmental Attorney Lesley Blackner is the key force behind the Florida Hometown Democracy initiative. She says NOT paying signature collections has hurt the effort (roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?volunteers to help usÃ¢â‚¬?)
As growth continues to be an issue,, Lesley Blackner says the whole process of negotiation between the community and local government has been hijacked by the Development Industry, and thus the need for this Amendment (roll tape#2 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?and approves it anywayÃ¢â‚¬?)
There had been a buzz of interest in the Florida Hometown Democracy Initiative when plans were announced last year to get such an amendment on the ballot here in Florida. Lesley Blackner says for all of those who have shown support, they need to help directly help the campaign (roll tape#3 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?groundswell of supportÃ¢â‚¬?)