1000 Friends of Florida changes position on Amendment 4 (Florida Hometown Democracy)
1000 Friends of Florida has withdrawn their opposition to Amendment 4. They now realize Florida’s growth management system “needs major improvement,” and “Amendment 4 may be the catalyst that is needed to promote positive change.”Amendment 4 opponents like to raise fears about job loss, but 1000 Friends dismisses that red herring, pointing to the state’s 300,000 to 400,000 vacant houses, along with the 600,000 MORE houses that have been approved just in the last two years (!!!) that can now be built at any time, and the 1 billion square feet of commercial space approved but not yet built. “1000 Friends certainly understands the need to create construction and other jobs for Floridians,” says Board President Victoria Tschinkel. “But in light of such dramatic existing and proposed overdevelopment, this excess capacity will provide construction and related jobs for Floridians for years to come, whether or not the amendment passes.” 1000 Friends now feels that “the existing system is seriously flawed and change is needed, even if that change is less than perfect.” Vote YES on Amendment 4 – Florida Hometown Democracy – to protect our communities, our environment and our economy.