It’s happening now so pass the word. I got an email from 1000fof (1000 Friends of Florida) saying a number of bills may soon be transmitted , including the infamous SB-410 that was intended to override county oversight for a few specific development projects but will unintentionally impact planning to protect rural lands in dozens of counties across Florida. Please sign the petition if you haven’t already and send an email to the governor asking the bill be veto’d. More info on SB-410 found here.
Due to COVID-19, the Legislature has not yet transmitted many bills to Gov. DeSantis for his action. This includes SB 410 which opens up vast tracts of rural Florida lands for inappropriate development. We understand that a number of bills may soon be transmitted, including SB 410.
More than 12,000 Floridians have reached out to Gov. DeSantis to oppose SB 410 (and only a handful to support the bill), but we need to keep the pressure up. We ask you once again to urge Gov. DeSantis to VETO SB 410 by:
• Signing the petition at www.1000fof.org/veto-sb-410-petition/
• Sending an email to GovernorRon.DeSantis@eog.myflorida.com
• Calling the Governor at 850-717-9337
• Writing a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis, The Capitol, 400 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
• Sharing this request with your friends and associates
Let Governor DeSantis know that SB 410 will:
• Mandate that every local government in Florida include an unnecessary property rights element in its comprehensive plan which will be costly to prepare, create more bureaucratic red tape, and unnecessarily duplicate already-existing state and federal laws
• Undermine the authority of many county governments to protect rural areas from development, even if voters approved that protection
• Promote M-CORES by making it a higher priority to provide comprehensive planning technical assistance funding to counties with populations of less than 200,000 to determine if the area around multi-use corridor interchanges contain appropriate land uses and natural resource protection
• Allow previously approved (and built-out) developments of regional impact to be modified so that developers can exchange approved land uses outside of the DRI, undermining the initial DRI process
• Allow a party to a development agreement and a local government to amend or cancel that agreement without securing the consent of the other parcel owners whose property was subject to the agreement. This undermines the longstanding legal principle that all agreements pertaining to real property should be in writing and agreed to by all parties, in effect undermining property rights
You can find more information on SB 410 here, including veto requests from 1000 Friends and other organizations.
Let’s keep the pressure up! We appreciate whatever you can do to help.
With sincere thanks,
Policy & Planning Director