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Backers of Amendment Four: Florida Hometown Democracy

09/02/10 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today we’ll hear about Hometown Democracy—it’s on the ballot this November and it’s backers say it’s a way for Floridians to curb the sprawling development that’s spoiled much of Florida’s natural beauty.

This November Florida voters will decide on proposed Amendment Four to Florida’s Constitution. It’s better known as Hometown Democracy and would give voters across Florida the right to vote on any maj...

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Mobility fees listen

01/29/10 Glenn Pendergrass
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Because of a state law past last year, counties may soon be imposing a different type of fee on new homes. This morning in Tampa government representatives, attorneys, developers, and community activists met for the Hillsborough County Mobility Fee public forum.

Peter Aluotto, Director of the Hillsborough County Planning & Growth Management Department said there will be advantages under the new law, SB 360 that requires that counties study mobility fees.

Sandra Goring of King Engineeri...

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Tampa Bay Partnership Scorecard listen

01/19/10 Alicia Horn and Mark Anderson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today, the Tampa Bay Partnership released their Fall 2009 scorecard, which compares the economic health of the Bay area with 5 other comparable metro areas in the Southeastern U.S. The overall economic health of all 6 areas remains in decline, but the Bay area may be pulling out of the recession faster than the others.

The Tampa Bay Partnership has been working to help drive economic growth among 7 Bay area counties since 1994. They coordinate efforts among various local economic develop...

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Crist urged to veto new growth management law listen

05/06/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today Hillsborough County Commissioners voted to send a letter to Gov. Charlie Crist, asking that he veto a new Growth Management Bill that critics say would no longer require developers to add road capacity in nearly half the state’s municipalities, as well as several entire counties. They will instead pay a fee, which the state has yet to decide how to calculate.

Current law requires developers to add roads to accommodate the extra traffic that their developments will generate.

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House members critical of DCA Secretary listen

04/29/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Despite criticism from the state’s top planning official, the Florida House this morning went ahead to pass a controversial growth management law today.

Department of Community Affairs Secretary Tom Pelham said yesterday that House amendments to a Senate-passed bill (SB 360) he once supported would undermine growth management laws.

That led Key West Democrat Ron Saunders to tell the bill’s sponsor in the house, Daytona Beach Shores Republican Dorothy Hukill, that the body should re...

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Hillsborough rejects development in Little Manatee River listen

04/07/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners today rejected a developer’s request to build homes on a slice of land near the Little Manatee River in Ruskin, and instead said they would forward the issue to their environmental lands acquisition department for possible purchase.

Richard Davis, the attorney representing the developer Little Manatee Reserve, read off a lengthy brief from the county’s own staff praising the project.

Davis quoted a biologist as saying that no listed wildlife species...

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Proposed growth management changes draw criticism listen

03/25/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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There are a number of proposals floating through the Florida Legislature this session that environmentalists say would gut laws designed to slow growth in the state.

Today in Tallahassee, the House Council on Economic Development and Community Affairs Policy voted unanimously in support of a bill that would revise growth management laws.

Tom Pelham, secretary for the Florida Department of Community Affairs, objected to a part of the bill that he said would reduce citizens attempts to ch...

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Bill would eliminate impact fees in Florida until 2012 listen

03/16/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A bay area senator angered environmentalists before the legislative session began when he filed a bill that would block the collection of developer impact fees for three years.

Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, says the way impact fees are imposed is totally unfair and inappropriate.

Hillsborough County Environmental activist Denise Layne says Bennett’s bill and other proposals aim to deregulate the building process this year.

The foreclosure crises has hit Florida hard, with some economi...

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Paving Paradise: Vanishing wetlands

03/03/09 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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WELCOME TO RADIOACTIVITY. I’M ROB LOREI. Coming up today, we’ll hear from two local authors who have written a new book about Florida’s vanishing wetlands. And later we’ll hear from anti-genocide activist John Prendergast.

First up:

When European settlers first came to Florida- up to three quarters of Florida’s 35 million acres were under water at least part of the year. What’s happened to those wetlands is the subject of a new book called *Paving Paradise: Florida's Vanishi...

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Some legislators will promote development to fix economy listen

02/20/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Earlier this week, some state lawmakers announced that they believe a way to kick start Florida’s economy is by streamlining the permitting process for new development.

The St. Petersburg Times reporting this week that some of the groups pushing for looser permitting include such politically powerful groups as the Florida Home Builders Association, the Association of Florida Community Developers, and Associated Industries.

Barney Bishop is president of Associated Industries, base...

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