Florida's shrinking population

09/10/09 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday

Last month the University of Florida's Bureau of Economic and Business Research reported that the state of Florida, which has seen its economy and population grow for more than 60 years, lost a net 58,000 people this past year.

That news has stunned many in the state. Some elected officials have said the state is just in a minor slump, due to the recession, and that people will ultimately flock back to the Sunshine State.

But is that a good thing? Dr. Robert Costanza is the Director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont, and was raised and educated in Florida. He’s studied the issue and spoke with WMNF this week about this development.

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