Under the guise of "Sunshine" and "Free Speech" Florida's newspapers are engaging in the worst form of hypocrisy.
In an attempt to spur growth and presumably, economic development, Florida lawmakers passed a new growth management law. Among other things, they wanted to waive some of the rules that require developers to pitch in and pay for their growth.
Keep your big-government hands out of my City. Why is that Tallahassee politicians think they need to solve OUR local problems? Haven’t they messed things up in Tallahassee enough without now trying to fix my local government?
Next November, voters will be asked a question about how to handle land use changes. They will be asked to amend the State Constitution to require that land use and growth plan changes will be subject to the vote of the people. The group sponsoring the amendment calls themselves “Hometown Democracy.” What could be better?
Let’s face it; “government” is not always a positive word. “I’m from the government and I’m here to help” is not exactly a compliment. On the other hand, “necessary evil” is probably too strong of a negative term. However it is viewed, government plays a vital role in our existence and even the most ardent anti-government zealots recognize the fundamental problems with anarchy and chaos. So which form of government serves the people the best? …which is most efficient? …which provides us the best bang for the buck?

Our Cities in Action

Dec-29-2013 The Ledger
Lakeland will complete the year with a goal it announced almost 30 years ago: a population of more than 100,000.
Nov-20-2013 Reuters
Only third city in the nation to receive Palladium honor. The City of Tamarac, Florida has joined the ranks of such prestigious organizations as Motorola, UPS and Hilton Hotels as a recipient of the...
Sep-16-2013 Tampa Bay Times
Shelby Willis is 5 feet 4 inches tall. But that didn't stop her from climbing up the ranks to become Largo's first female fire chief and the only female fire chief in Pinellas County.
Sep-03-2013 Daily Commercial
Eustis city commissioners will meet Thursday night to consider creating a Downtown Waterfront Entertainment District to better promote the city and help local businesses.
Aug-02-2013 Daytona Beach News-Journal
DAYTONA BEACH — As the city comes alive with a massive redevelopment at Daytona International Speedway and the promise of two new oceanfront hotels, the 85-year-old Boardwalk is basking in a rebirth...
May-07-2013 South Florida Business Journal
Fort Lauderdale has been ranked No. 7 for economic potential on a list of the Top 10 Small American Cities of the Future, according to fDi Magazine.
Apr-11-2013 South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Tours in South Florida typically go to the beach but, in Coral Springs, city leaders will pile onto a bus to see government buildings in three counties. City commissioners haven't decided yet to...
Apr-05-2013 Tampa Bay Times
Family, friends and residents will gather at 2:30 p.m. Sunday for the official renaming of “John R. Lawrence Pioneer Park.”
Apr-03-2013 Longboat Observer
A town Fire Rescue Department software application is in a Computerworld Honors Program Safety & Security category with the likes of Hewlett-Packard and the FBI.
Mar-27-2013 Belleair Bee
BELLEAIR - The town of Belleair is encouraging veterans and active military personnel to be on hand at the April 2 commission meeting when the town proclaims April 17 as Military Family and Community...