Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Retiree group: Don't move to Florida unless you'll try to make it better

Stay away from Florida.

That is, unless you plan to take an active role in making the state a much better place.

That's the somewhat anti-chamberesque message that an activist group called the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans plans to adopt as a resolution at its annual meeting in Orlando Monday.

Tony Fransetta, president of the FLARA, said his south Florida-based organization tried to work with Gov. Scott and the Legislature before the last session but was ignored.

"The state of Florida is one of acute embarrassment," he said. "The governor and legislative leadership have turned their backs on everyone but the wealthy and politically connected. Our quality of life continues to deteriorate."

About 80 delegates are expected at the event, representing about 217,000 members, according to Fransetta. Their proposed resolution urges those who are considering a move to Florida to be aware of the state's "very severe problems" and to avoid relocating unless they will work to change things.

The alliance's concern is spelled out in a research paper that highlights Florida's rank as first in home foreclosures; second in most regressive taxation; third in income disparity between the top 1 percent and bottom 99 percent; 50th in pedestrian safety; and among the three worst states for future retirement security.

"The governor has ignored (these problems) and they're getting worse," Fransetta said. "We're challenging the Democrats… to tell what you're going to do to resolve them."

Of the top two Democratic gubernatorial candidates: Nan Rich's campaign said it would be represented at Monday's conference and the Charlie Crist campaign has not responded, Fransetta said.

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