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Why is everyone afraid of the Florida Hometown Democracy petition?

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St.Pete Times Businesses cringe at entrusting land to voters A ballot initiative would involve the public in land-use changes.

July 17, 2007
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TALLAHASSEE - It's not often that a ballot initiative gets compared to "Armageddon" or a "nuclear bomb."
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But that's the kind of rhetoric that business groups are using to describe a little-known group called Hometown Democracy that wants to give voters direct control over new development.
You may not have heard of Hometown Democracy, but you will. Opponents are predicting it will be the costliest ballot initiative fight to date: maybe as much as $65-million..............
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Jul 17, 2007

Future development belongs in our hands
By John Hedrick
Why is everyone so scared of the Florida Hometown Democracy Petition?
The Florida Chamber of Commerce has just put out a competing petition that sounds very nice but makes it impossible for citizens to control future growth. Why? The Chamber's main objective is to kill the Florida Hometown Democracy petition.
With Hometown Democracy, you and your family would control Florida's future growth. Here is how it would work:
Every community has a growth-management plan. The problem in the past has been that the developers give lots of money to the politicians, and then the politicians allow developers to go hog wild - allowing them to make constant changes to growth-management plan. Just look around. You can see what went wrong. The growth-management plans don't need to be changed - they are reviewed every five years.........

LET THE PEOPLE VOTE to control growth!
Help put HOMETOWN DEMOCRACY on the 2008 ballot
Please download and SIGN THE PETITION !
PO Box 636, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170-0636.


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