How will you ensure that the restoration
of the Everglades does not become simply an urban water
Having lost more than half of its acreage
to urban development and agriculture in the last 100 years,
the Everglades is in danger of disappearing altogether. Lawmakers are proposing a $7.8 billion, 20-year engineering plan
to provide more water for the natural Everglades as well
as the area’s expanding population.
The plan also assumes, however, that South Florida’s
population will double or triple from 5.5 million to 12-15
million by the year 2050, but does not demand sound land-use
plans or water conservation programs.
An effective plan must secure the long-term goal
of restoring the Everglades and protect state and local
efforts to allocate water supplies.
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near National Parks
What will you do to ensure that any redevelopment of the Homestead
Air Reserve Base is ecologically consistent with the goals
of Everglades restoration?
Restoration of the Everglades is
perhaps the most significant environmental initiative in the nation, enjoying
wide nonpartisan support.
However, the U.S. Air Force is considering moving
ahead with plans for a large-scale commercial airport
at the edge of the Florida Everglades. If allowed, the Homestead Airport would be
the closest major commercial airport to a national park
anywhere in the United States, just 1 1/2 miles from Biscayne
National Park, 8 1/2 miles from Everglades National Park
and 10 miles from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
Studies show that the 236,000 annual flights would
cause air and water contamination, urban sprawl, and noise
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Clean Water and Clean Air
What efforts will you take to protect the
Ichetucknee River, part of the largest pure water aquifer
in the world?
Located in the heart of North Central Florida, the Ichetucknee
River is a place where visitors can see Florida in its
natural state. County commissioners, however,
recently approved the site plan for a $130 million cement
manufacturing plant only 3.8 miles from the river.
The plant would emit pollutants like mercury, dioxins,
particulates and nitrates into the air and river, and
would burn 5.2 tons of tires per hour.
For more information contact www.ichetucknee.org.
Urban Sprawl and Coastline
Do you see an expanded or contracted role
for the state in setting growth management standards?
Unrestrained development of Florida’s
coastlines has contributed to the destruction of coastal
estuaries for decades.
This overcrowding on the coasts forces development
into the fragile interior of the state, reducing the quantity
and quality of Florida’s natural areas. The state’s recently appointed Growth Management Study commission
will review proposals that would return Florida to the
outdated growth management policies that led to its unchecked
growth. Such policy would result in an unenforceable patchwork of local
codes that ignores sprawl and favors unrestricted development.
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