Capping Florida's population

Published: Sunday, January 18, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 17, 2004 at 11:16 p.m.

While reading some of the discussion on Florida's water woes I noticed various agencies projecting populations 20 years down the road. They stated 4 million more people in the Jacksonville area, etc.

They seem to take these insane population figures as inevitable and rush forward to supply enough water, electricity and other infrastructure "bracing" for the future. Why has no one raised the question of limiting the population before "paradise" is totally paved? Why haven't the nearly 17 million in the state been asked, "at what point do we limit development and our own numbers?"

Instead, secret meetings go on to determine our future (another unquestioned attribute of recent administrations). If this is a democracy, why isn't the citizenry involved?

In Florida, already a polluted, overpopulated ex-paradise, little attention goes to how we destroy the waters we have through leaky landfills, sewage outfalls, use of soluble chemical fertilizers and uncontrolled mining activities. All the vehicles in the population centers foul the air except on the windiest days.

On a recent trip to South Florida I was blown away by the increased density and development in the last few years. I joked with a number of the locals, "You need a few more people around here!" That got a good laugh every time, followed by a list of problems stemming from the crowded conditions.

I would favor an immediate freeze of our state's population and a total rejiggering of our filthy practices. Our economy will need to adapt. If we don't do something very soon Florida won't be worth living in.

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