How much development should there be in Florida, where should it occur and who should pay for the infrastructure?
On MidPoint we heard segments of a panel discussion on the topic of the politics of growth and the environment from this month at Tampa Tiger Bay Club.
There were four panelists: Democratic Hillsborough County Commissioner Mariella Smith, Realtor Andy Scaglione, ecologist Vivienne Handy, and Hillsborough School Board member Steve Cona, who is with the construction industry.
There were two questions/responses that we didn’t get to hear on the show:
One question dealt with whether impact fees on developers were too low:
And the head of the county’s Environmental Protection Commission, Janet Daughtery asked about requiring developers to protect wetlands and provide conservation easements:
Watch the forum here:
Earlier in the show, we heard a comment left by a listener about the last show. On that program, we spoke with a teacher who was rallying in Tallahassee and from a Tampa woman who was visiting the U.S. / Mexico border in Texas to be a witness to the conditions faced by migrants and refugee seekers.