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Sierra Club Growth Management Alert! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marjorie Holt   
Monday, March 22 2010

Sierra Club Growth Management ALERT!

                                                                       

So Called “Jobs for Florida” Bill Does A Job On The Environment

 

Please email the Governor’s office and the Senate and then call on Monday!

They need to hear from YOU!

 

Tell them S 1752, Sen. Gaetz’s “Jobs” bill, is bad for the environment and bad for Florida.

(Please send your email now.  And put calling their offices on your “to do” list for Monday.)

 

Under the guise of “stimulating” the economy, S 1752 would:

gut permitting
Force counties and cities to apply for the authority to do DEP or WMD’s work on permitting
Preempt counties and cities from passing local ordinances for stormwater and wetlands if they don’t ask for the authority
Allow 40 acre projects without a permit and without even notifying DEP or the Water Management District until ten days after starting on the project!
Allow projects to go ahead if individuals “self certify” that they are in compliance with all applicable regulations
Allow developments to proceed if a “professional” signs and seals the plan
 

These changes that would hurt Florida’s environment are not necessary! The housing boom of 2004-06 took place under current law – 90 days for permits, no required delegation to counties and cities, no preemption, and no “self” or “professional certification”!!

 

Lots more details on SB 1752 below

 

Please tell the Environmental Section of the Governor’s office not to let this bill fly under the radar.  The bill was workshopped in the Select Committee on Florida's Economy and was then sent to only one committee – Senate Ways and Means.  It was never heard in Environmental Protection and Preservation even though four sections will have a terrible impact on Florida’s environment.  It is already on its way to the floor and is on the fast track.  Please act now to stop this bad bill.

 

Governor Crist’s Environmental Section

Phone: 850-488-5551

John Mitchell: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Andy Grayson: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Members of the Senate are listed below.  Please contact your Senator first, then all the rest.  Again, please send your email now and make your calls on Monday.  SB 1752 not only did an end run around Environmental Protection and Conservation; it also skipped over Finance and Tax even though it is full of tax breaks for varied interests.  (It will cost $157 million over the next three years – and the state is looking at a $2.6 billion deficit this year and possibly $5 billion next year.) The bill was not thoroughly vetted because it is full of bad ideas that didn’t make it into last year’s SB 360.  They were bad ideas then and they ’re bad now.

 

You can find your Senator by looking for your Florida Senate District number on the back of your voter registration card or by looking for Senators serving in your local delegation (Highlight the Local Delegations column and use Ctr + F with the name of your county in the “find” field.  Or highlight District  and search for your Senate district.)

First Name
 Last Name
 District
 Local Delegations
 District City
 Local Phone
 Email Address
 
JD
 Alexander
 17
 DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Highlands, Okeechobee, Polk, St. Lucie
 Lake Wales
 (850) 487-5044
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Thad
 Altman
 24
 Brevard, Orange, Seminole
 Melbourne
 (850) 487-5053
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Dave
 Aronberg
 27
 Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, Lee, Palm Beach
 Greenacres
 (850) 487-5356
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Jeff
 Atwater
 25
 Broward, Palm Beach
 North Palm Beach
 (850) 487-5100
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  
 
Carey
 Baker
 20
 Lake, Marion, Seminole, Sumter, Volusia
 Eustis
 (850) 487-5014
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  
 
Michael 'Mike'
 Bennett
 21
 Charlotte, DeSoto, Lee, Manatee, Sarasota
 Bradenton
 (850) 487-5078
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Larcenia J.
 Bullard (L)
 39
 Broward, Collier, Hendry, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Beach
 Miami
 (850) 487-5127
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Lee
 Constantine
 22
 Orange, Seminole
 Altamonte Springs
 (850) 487-5050
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Victor
 Crist
 12
 Hillsborough, Pasco
 Tampa
 (850) 487-5068
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Charles S. 'Charlie'
 Dean
 3
 Baker, Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Levy, Madison, Marion, Suwannee, Taylor
 Inverness
 (850) 487-5017
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Nancy
 Detert
 23
 Charlotte, Manatee, Sarasota
 Venice
 (850) 487-5081
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Ted
 Deutch
 30
 Broward, Palm Beach
 Delray Beach
 (850) 487-5091
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Alex
 Diaz de la Portilla
 36
 Miami-Dade
 Miami
 (850) 487-5109
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Paula
 Dockery
 15
 Hernando, Lake, Osceola, Polk, Sumter
 Lakeland
 (850) 487-5040
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Mike
 Fasano
 11
 Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas
 New Port Richey
 (850) 487-5062
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Don
 Gaetz
 4
 Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton
 Destin
 (850) 487-5009
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Rudy
 Garcia
 40
 Miami-Dade
 Hialeah
 (850) 487-5106
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Andy
 Gardiner
 9
 Orange, Osceola, Seminole
 Orlando
 (850) 487-5047
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Dan
 Gelber
 35
 Broward, Miami-Dade
 Miami Beach
 (850) 487-5121
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Mike
 Haridopolos
 26
 Brevard, Indian River, Osceola, St. Lucie
 Melbourne
 (850) 487-5056
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Anthony C. 'Tony'
 Hill
 1
 Duval, Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, Volusia
 Jacksonville
 (850) 487-5024
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Dennis
 Jones (D)
 13
 Pinellas
 Seminole
 (850) 487-5065
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Arthenia
 Joyner
 18
 Hillsborough, Manatee, Pinellas
 Tampa
 (850) 487-5059
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Charlie
 Justice
 16
 Hillsborough, Pinellas
 St. Petersburg
 (850) 487-5075
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Alfred 'Al'
 Lawson Jr.
 6
 Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Wakulla
 Tallahassee
 (850) 487-5004
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Evelyn J.
 Lynn
 7
 Clay, Marion, Putnam, Volusia
 Daytona Beach
 (850) 487-5033
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Joe
 Negron
 28
 Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, St. Lucie
 Palm City
 (850) 487-5088
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Steve
 Oelrich
 14
 Alachua, Bradford, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy, Marion, Putnam, Union
 Gainesville
 (850) 487-5020
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Durell
 Peaden, Jr.
 2
 Bay, Escambia, Holmes, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, Washington
 Crestview
 (850) 487-5000
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Nan
 Rich
 34
 Broward, Miami-Dade
 Sunrise
 (850) 487-5103
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  
 
Garrett S.
 Richter
 37
 Collier, Lee
 Naples
 (850) 487-5124
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Jeremy
 Ring
 32
 Broward
 Margate
 (850) 487-5094
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Gary
 Siplin
 19
 Orange, Osceola
 Orlando
 (850) 487-5190
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Christopher 'Chris'
 Smith
 29
 Broward, Palm Beach
 West Palm Beach
 (850) 487-5112
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Eleanor
 Sobel
 31
 Broward
 Hollywood
 (850) 487-5097
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Ronda
 Storms
 10
 Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk
 Brandon
 (850) 487-5072
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
John
 Thrasher
 8
 Duval, Flagler, Nassau, St. Johns, Volusia
 Jacksonville
 (850) 487-5030
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
J. Alex
 Villalobos
 38
 Miami-Dade
 Miami
 (850) 487-5130
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Frederica S.
 Wilson
 33
 Miami-Dade
 Miami Gardens
 (850) 487-5116
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 
Stephen R.
 Wise
 5
 Clay, Duval, Nassau, St. Johns
 Jacksonville
 (850) 487-5027
  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  
 

Details of sections 23, 24, 25, and 26

Section 23  - Thirty day permit turnaround

 

Sometimes what is taken out of law is as important as what is added.  The “Jobs” bill takes out a requirement for the department (DEP) to request all additional information they are permitted by law to require.  Having less information (and less time to evaluate it) can only mean a less valid basis for making the permitting decision.

 

The bill provides that the department has 30 days from the date a permit application is received to approve or deny it.  If they do not render a decision within thirty days the permit is deemed approved! 

 

The thirty day clock starts from the day the application is received.  It doesn’t matter if it is complete or not, or if the department needs more information.  It’s thirty days from the date of application – no exceptions. 

 

The economy will pick up and the backlog of unsold housing will eventually be sold.  Even if you accept the premise that permitting staff is now twiddling their thumbs because there is “no growth to man age”, there will be again.  There is no mention of either ensuring that staff has the ability to turn permits around in this time limit, nor a sunset provision to return the limit to its previous 90 days.

 

 

 
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