Crist raises concerns with bill as enviros seek veto

Gov. Charlie Crist this morning raised concerns about SB 2080, which would allow the heads of the state’s five water management districts to approve permits without a vote of their full boards.

SB 2080 originally dealt with state landscaping requirements and received support from environmental groups. But it was amended late in the legislative session earlier this month to include the provision allowing approval of permits by directors with board votes only if the permit is denied.

Some environmentalists now are calling for a veto of the bill, which they say restricts public access to the permitting process. The governor will have 15 days to sign, veto or allow the bill to become law without his signature.

Crist told reporters he is still taking a look at SB 2080 but went on to say, “It seems to me if you can have a panel of people weigh in that might be a better way to go.”