It didn’t get a lot of attention, but Secretary of Community Affairs Tom Pelham gave an impassioned defense of his agency this past week.
DCA has constantly come under fire in the last few years, especially as Pelham has criticized legislative efforts to change the state’s growth management laws.
Pelham, however, fired back at critics when DCA was faulted for opposing a planned animal park in the Green Swamp area of critical concern in Central Florida.
He called it “demoralizing” that public servants at the land-planning agency were criticized for merely carrying out the laws and rules passed by elected officials.
Pelham also called the notion that DCA was “killing jobs” as nonsense, saying it was the economy and not state government that was to blame for a slowdown in development. He said the agency has blessed plenty of projects that have not gotten off the ground because of the financial collapse the last two years.
Read more about Pelham’s remarks here at the Florida Tribune.