And Now it is Four!!!!
Be a Hero and Make it Three
On December 17th, 2013, the Martin County Board of Commissioners voted to withdraw from the Seven50 Consortium.
In front of a packed-to-overflowing audience of citizens in the commission chambers, Martin County, Florida, Board of County Commissioners, voted 4 to 1, to end the County’s involvement with the 3-year, $4.25 million, seven county, 50 year regional planning effort solely funded by a US Department of HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative Grant, marketed under the fluffy-sounding name Seven50.
Martin County becomes the third county to withdraw from the regional planning consortium that originally consisted of seven southeast Florida counties stretching from Indian River County in the north, to Monroe County in the Florida Keys.
Palm City resident Jerry Kyckelhahn delivered a knife-sharp presentation of fact-filled analysis that laid bare, the arthritic core skeleton of the regional plan that central planners have worked so diligently to disguise under the fancy clothing of carefully contrived public consensus-building sessions, slick marketing materials, and extensive public relations efforts.
After listening to considerable input from their constituents, and doing their own extensive research into the Seven50 Prosperity Plan, the Commissioners decided to formally withdraw as a Consortium Member effective February 22, 2014.
The American Coalition 4 Property Rights thanks the Commissioners for their thoughtful consideration of all input and for their discussion statements, some of which are:
….Planning for 50 years is silliness …
…The entire premise (population growth) is flawed already….
…The longer the outlook horizon, the larger the error rate. So, if you use common sense and go out 50 years, it is utterly ridiculous to spend money for something that is that speculative….
…This train [the Seven50 regional plan] is headed down the track with hardly anyone from the public participating and being knowledgeable of where this “train” is headed …..
…I believe the outcome was decided before this plan was even started….
…The Seven50 plan is vague, ambiguous, not much to it…
Commissioner Haddox wrote his own “Seven50″ plan:
- I will not expend another dime on another plan that is based on a totally speculative long term horizon population projection.
- I will not encourage top-down control of government planning by applying for grants that accomplish nothing but filling planners pockets with taxpayer dollars.
- I will never buy into a plan where the public input is extremely limited and manipulated to arrive at a preconceived conclusion.
- I will respect each county’s and municipalities rights regarding Home Rule, and I will always demand that Martin County’s home rule be respected. We can fight about growth and no-growth in this county, but we do it amongst ourselves. The voters in this county will determine how we grow.
- I don’t want 3 million more people in Martin County. My plan will include a way to deter that from happening.
Discover for yourself how Seven50 will re-engineer your life and the way you live, if not tomorrow then certainly in your children’s and grandchildren’s time. Take a look at the rest of our website, watch a few videos, and then, if you are concerned for the future in Southeast Florida, join us in the fight to Stop Seven50!