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A legislature "dominated by young Republicans who do not know the past"



Howard Troxler:You can easily make the case that the turning point in Florida's modern history was a law called the Growth Management Act of 1985.

So it is no small news that in the year 2011, the Florida Legislature is about to repeal it in large part, with gusto.

By the early 1980s, Florida was choking to death from decades of anything-goes growth. I was living in West Pasco County at the time and saw the results firsthand. We were the poster child for it.

Crumbling, curbless, two-lane roads always jammed with cars. Failing sewer plants thrown up by fly-by-night developers.

"Schools" that were just collections of house trailers. Drainage so poor that every rainstorm ruined somebody's house. U.S. 19 from Holiday to Hudson was a sluggish, ugly gash of driveway cuts from endless strip centers...

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[Last modified: Thursday, April 28, 2011 9:21am]


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