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The Basic Issue

"From 2000 to 2006 -- in 6 years -- Florida surged from 16 million residents to 18 million. Efforts to control growth must be given precedence if Florida is to sustain its environment and residents' quality of life. Last year, Gov. Bush signed a law requiring local governments to tie new development with plans for schools, adequate supplies of water, provisions for roads and more. While the full meaning of the act is still unclear, its chief shortcoming is that it kicks back more responsibility to local governments -- which are most vulnerable to development pressures. A chief reason why other growth-management laws have not lived up to their billings is that Florida governors have not given the Department of Community Affairs the political support needed to enforce them. This act takes DCA further out of the picture. A strong governor would endorse a more comprehensive, regional approach to growth control." (Daytona Beach News-Journal)

The Basic Arguments

Media Coverage


  • 3.30.10: Daily Loaf, Florida’s government proves itself incapable of managing growth without citizen oversight
  • 3.18.10: BayBuzz, The ballot measure that dare not speak its name
  • 3.16.10: Daily Loaf, 4 or against? There’s more to Hometown Democracy than environment vs. sprawl
  • 3.13.10: Eye on Miami, Carl Hiaasen on Florida
  • 2.25.10: Sarasota Speaks, We Support Amendment 4
  • 2.9.10: The Juice, Taking Sides: Who's Behind Amendment 4?
  • 2.8.10: The Juice, When It Comes to Hissing at Amendment 4, Pompano Ain't Alone
  • 1.19.10: Property Prof Blog, Property, Government, and Florida's Amendment 4
  • 1.10.10: The Buzz, Amendment 4 opponents use St. Pete Beach to make their case
  • 10.29.08: Florida Progressive Coalition,

Bear Endorses Amendment 4…Literally




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