Environment May Be Trumped by Jobs in Florida Legislature | TheLedger.com

Posted by Trish Riley, December 28, 2010

the team that Gov.-elect Rick Scott asked to advise him on how to reform the state's growth and environmental regulations proposed something bold: Merge the state's environmental, growth management and transportation departments into a single agency called the Department of Growth Leadership.

And permitting decisions from any state agency should consider "job creation and economic development" as being just as important as having clean water and air, the regulatory reform committee told Scott in a 79-slide report.

Those recommendations spell out a dim future for Floridians who aren't fond of pavement, predicted environmental activist Linda Young of the Clean Water Network.

"The message is, 'We are going to have a feeding frenzy on your natural resources and tax dollars, and you are going to have jack … to say about it, so get used to it,' " Young said.

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