THE FLORIDA KEYS AREA OF CRITICAL STATE CONCERN - AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH
The Governor and Cabinet, acting as the Administration Commission, signaled a new direction in approaching responsible growth management at the March 9th Cabinet meeting in Tallahassee.
While maintaining the critical state concern designation established in 1986, CFO Tom Gallagher, Agricultural Commissioner Charlie Bronson, Attorney General Charlie Crist, and Governor Bush unanimously agreed to consider a partnership approach in resolving the outstanding land acquisition, affordable housing, and wastewater concerns that dominate the Florida Keys.
This partnership will encompass a focused approach to land acquisition, similar to the success achieved in acquiring land for Everglades restoration. The Governor and Cabinet authorized offering up to 125 percent of the 1986 appraised value to acquire environmentally-sensitive land to relieve development pressures in the Keys. They also approved the use of rate of growth ordinance (ROGO) credits unused in previous years to accelerate affordable housing developments.
addition, the commitments established for addressing wastewater concerns in
Florida Keys are unprecedented. In total, contributions from the State of
Florida matched with the contributions
of Monroe County, the Village of Islamorada, and the City of Marathon will
approach approximately $300 million.