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Scott names former St. Joe exec to lead Florida planning agency

Thursday, January 6, 2011

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Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday evening announced that he was hiring Billy Buzzett, a former top executive at the St. Joe Company to take over the Department of Community Affairs. Buzzett will take the place of Tom Pelham, who criticized Scott’s statement that DCA is killing jobs. Pelham maintained that land-planning agency had approved plenty […]

Scott’s inauguration speech raises concerns among some enviros

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

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Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday vowed to create the “most favorable business climate in the world” in Florida and issued an executive order to suspend government rule-making. While not specifically blaming environmental permitting during his inauguration speech, he said regulation, taxation and litigation together form the “axis of unemployment.” “Unless they are approved, regulations grow […]

Expert: New Florida governor risks repeating past growth mistakes

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

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A recommendation to Governor-elect Rick Scott that the state transportation, environmental and planning agencies be combined suggests a return to Florida’s past growth management mistakes, a University of Florida planning expert said Tuesday. Scott’s regulatory reform transition team suggested combining the Department of Transportation, Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Community Affairs during the […]

Florida appeals court orders enviro groups to pay attorney fees

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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A state appeals court ruled on Tuesday that environmental groups must pay the attorneys fees of Martin County, the Florida Department of Community Affairs and development interests for appealing a land-use case. Richard Grosso, an attorney for the groups 1000 Friends of Florida and the Martin County Conservation Alliance, says the ruling sets a chilling […]

Agency withdraws proposed growth rule changes after veto override

Thursday, December 2, 2010

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The Florida Department of Community Affairs has withdrawn two controversial proposed rule changes because of the Legislature’s override of the governor’s veto of HB 1565. HB 1565 requires legislative approval for proposed regulations that could cost more than $200,000 a year for all businesses across the state. Supporters said the bill would prevent agencies from […]