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By Steve Newborn

In 1950, Manatee County had 34,000 people. Today, there are around 400,000.  In another generation, it's expected to have more people than Sarasota County. A forum was held Thursday at Bradenton's Pier 22 on how to plan for that growth.

Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday morning he will sign a bill instructing the state to build two new toll roads and extend a third through rural parts of the state.

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St. Petersburg’s downtown city skyline is dotted with the booms and jibs of cranes stretching toward the sun. The sight is a telling sign of the city’s rapid growth—a topic that’s caused much contention among long-time residents and independent business owners.

The city recently passed the Storefront Conservation Corridor Plan, a measure to preserve the look and feel of Beach Dr. and Central Ave.

Construction in downtown Tampa
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This week on Florida Matters, we talk about zoning and how it affects the way our state manages growth.

It may sound mundane, but zoning and building regulations affect us intimately because they hit us where we live.


Anti-toll road press conference
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On Earth Day, Florida environmental groups took dead aim at a plan by lawmakers to build three new toll roads through the heart of the state.

Aerial view of University Mall in Tampa.
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The University of South Florida's planned Institute of Applied Engineering will build its headquarters at the re-developed University Mall in Tampa.


Carlton Ward Jr.

Growth is no stranger to Florida. The state is a magnet for snowbirds, immigrants and sun-seekers. But will too much growth crowd out what people come here for to begin with?


Carlton Ward Jr.

Looking from atop the ridge at U.S. Highway 27 as it follows the sandy central spine of the state, you can see brand-new red roofs roll in waves down the hills to Interstate 4.

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Today, the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department of Hillsborough County celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program, also known as ELAPP.

The land preservation program was created in 1987 when voters approved a quarter-cent tax on every $1,000 of taxable land value. The property tax has a sunset provision every ten years. And Hillsborough County voters have re-approved the ad volorem tax twice by considerable margins.