January 2010

January 27, 2010

Gov. Crist proposes more money for Fla. higher ed
Gov. Charlie Crist and higher education officials announced a plan Thursday to build a "knowledge economy" in Florida by doubling state university funding over the next five years. Read more of this story here.

January 26, 2010

Mesa facing plenty of hurdles in Cubs deal

Mesa hasn't hit a home run yet in the game that is keeping the Chicago Cubs. It's merely gotten to first base. Read more of this story here.

January 25, 2010

Plan for Farmton land revised

Volusia County staff and representatives of the area's largest private landowner are working furiously to address objections to a massive 50-year plan for the property, hoping to win a key vote of approval from the County Council.

The Miami Corp., a Chicago-based family land trust, will present its revisions to the council Thursday during a workshop that precedes a vote scheduled for Feb. 18. Read more of this story here.

January 14, 2010

Company eyes wind farm near Glasgow
Mary Sexton, director of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, said Tuesday that the DNRC received a request from Florida-based Sansur Renewable Energy, Inc., asking that 7,256 acres of school trust land be opened to competitive bids for the rights to explore wind energy production. Read more of this story here.

January 12, 2010

City Approves Affordable Housing Development

A tough and controversial decision for Panama City leaders is being met with controversial response.  Leaders approved a development order for a new affordable housing development near the corner of Sherman Ave. and 11th St. at their meeting Tuesday. Read more of this story here.

January 11, 2010

Dynamic plan for future in space forms

The nation's shuttle fleet will be retired after International Space Station assembly is complete, and NASA will invest in commercial means of launching cargo, and ultimately astronauts, to the outpost. Read more of this story here.

January 10, 2010

Knight Property Optional Sector Plan Agreement In The Works
The parties to the proposed plan include Washington County, the Town of Ebro, Bay County, the property owners and the Florida department of Community Affairs. Read more of this Story Here

January 8, 2010

Why the lies about Florida Hometown Democracy?
It's a new year; we need a new way of making land use decisions.
Pasco County commissioners have been grappling with major growth management decisions for the last 20 years. Hundreds of thousands of residential units have been approved — enough to keep construction crews working well into the foreseeable future.
This manifest destiny of grow until you can grow no more may reflect the views and values of the commissioners themselves, but in many instances, it has failed to reflect the values and visions of the residents, the same residents who put their faith and trust in the people they elected into office. Read more of this story here.

January 6, 2010

EPA floats air rules that Duval, maybe others, would fail

The federal government wants to set tougher national air-quality standards that Jacksonville, and much of Florida, would likely fail for a while, at least.

Glynn County, Ga., and Baker and Columbia counties in Florida could also flunk new ozone standards the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed Thursday. The outcome for those three counties is less certain, because the EPA proposal covered a range of possible standards. Read more of this story here.

January 5, 2010

Collier County's grand restoration plan unfolds
More than 200 people endured temperatures in the 40s to kick off the Picayune Strand restoration project, which will return 55,000 acres of a failed housing development to environmental health. Read more of this story here.

January 4, 2010

Moss Point hires economic director to spur new development

The city of Moss Point has a new economic development director. Greg Miller is ready to map out a plan to get more investors and tourists to spend in the city. Miller has been Economic Development Director for only month, and he already has a long to-do-list on how to improve Moss Point. "My goal is to drive new investment to the city, but I also want to work with the existing businesses to increase their growth," Miller said. Miller worked for the state of Florida for seven years, and he hopes to take practices that worked there to help grow Moss Point's economy. Read more of this story here.

January 3, 2010

Brevard Commission Okay's 13 new homes

In what may be remembered as landmark decisions, commissioners unanimously granted speedy approval for West Viera and Miami Corp. comprehensive planning amendments.

If ultimately approved in Tallahassee, these land-use changes will permit development of two enormous land tracts. One (11,567 acres) is the remainder of the Duda family cattle ranch. The other (11,531 acres) is the Farmton Tree Farm, northwest of Scottsmoor. Read more of this story here.

January 2, 2010

Gas Station Plan Overwhelms

A plan was submitted to the Polk County Growth Management Department on Nov. 12 for the construction of a RaceTrac 24-gas-pump facility and a 4,882-square-foot convenience store at the southeast corner of South Florida Avenue and Christina Boulevard. There would be one entry/exit on South Florida Avenue and two on Christina Boulevard. Read more of this story here.

January 1, 2010

Amendment 4 a bad idea for Florida
When Florida voters go to the polls in 11 months, they'll vote for a new governor and U.S. senator. They'll also decide the fate of Amendment 4, which has the potential to clog future ballots and repeatedly drag voters to the polls to approve every future change to a county's comprehensive plan. Read more of this story here.