WILL THIS LEGISLATURE ACT ON GROWTH MANAGEMENT? PROBABLY NOT
That's the position taken by Daytona Beach News-Journal political columnist Pamela Hasterok.
Lawmakers like the idea of limiting the state's power over development, but are decidedly chilly to requiring local governments to shoulder it instead.
Who would have guessed? But if ever there was a bad bet, it's relying on local officials to rein in growth. (Volusia and Flagler County residents know that firsthand.)
On the legislative playing floor, senators may call the bluff on the governor's bill by insisting that new freedoms come with new restraints. And House fiscal conservatives could balk at allowing local governments to raise extra taxes, even to build roads, schools and utilities.
When it comes to managing growth, don't be surprised if lawmakers fold.