When Seven Becomes Four

December 18, 2013

We previously wrote about Seven/50 – a seven county regional planning consortium that runs along Florida’s Treasure Coast to South Florida.  This consortium claims that they are a plan for creating prosperity in South Florida.  But in reality they are an archaic federal plan that has been used by supporters of big government to micro-manage planning and growth rather than letting taxpayers, consumers and businesses grow naturally.

Last month Seven/50 was dealt a blow when the St. Lucie County Commission voted to withdraw from the consortium. That vote meant that of the seven counties supposedly taking part in the group’s plan, really only five were actually on board.

This week Seven/50 took another blow when the Martin County Commission followed St. Lucie and Indian River Counties’ leads and voted to withdraw their participation in Seven/50.  Can you blame them?  What county elected official would buy into a program that aims to control all the area’s planning and growth for fifty, YES FIFTY, years?!?  The voters and residents of a county need to have the first and final say about what happens in their area and not be dictated to by any outside group.

Seven/50 needs to go.  Thankfully the federal grant funding them runs out in 2014.  Hopefully, the fact that that three of the seven counties that Seven/50 aims to control aren’t participating is enough to end the Seven/50 discussion and bring an end to the progressive, big government, central planning experiment.  Just to be safe, we think that the remaining four counties – Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach – should withdraw from Seven/50 as well and take a stand against the forces from outside their counties that want to tell them how to plan and build into the future.

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