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The Miami Herald reports that Gov. Scott appoints corporate executive to lead Fla. growth management agency

TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott has appointed an executive of one of Florida’s largest land development companies to oversee the state department charged with managing growth.

Billy Buzzett, vice president of the St. Joe Co., will take over the Department of Community Affairs, the state’s land planning and community development agency that Scott is eager to overhaul.

Like Florida doesn’t have hundreds if not thousands of surplus and vacant houses, offices, and condos, so let’s make even easier for developers to build more to “generate jobs” in the midst of the foreclosure mess. The Republican policies created the problems, so the voters of Florida elected even more Republicans to fix them. The voters got the government they deserve.

4 comments

1 Ame { 01.07.11 at 3:58 pm }

Absent a devastating disaster they will just create one by leaving those vacant houses standing until nature takes them back then they can bulldoze those neighborhoods and start anew. In the meantime they will pave the remainder of the panhandle, fill the wetlands, build a desalinization plant….ya’ll go take pictures of Florida ’cause it’s about to disappear. Put some sand in a jar, sit it on the mantel.

2 Bryan { 01.07.11 at 4:06 pm }

In the not too distant future most of the Panhandle up to I-10 will be under water, so if it isn’t developed soon, the bulk of St Joe’s holdings will be part of the Gulf of Mexico. The end of the Peninsula will probably be north of Disney World.

3 Ame { 01.07.11 at 6:46 pm }

Oops! David Einhorn isn’t very impressed with St. Joe’s development history.

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2010/10/david_einhorn_on_st_joe_compan.html

4 Bryan { 01.07.11 at 9:30 pm }

They conned Bay County and the state of Florida into the creation of an “international airport” down near Panama City. A lot of money spent building a facility that will be underused, and probably underfunded, given the fiscal realities of the Bay County area.

St Joe wanted it as part of its planning for development, because it isn’t easy to get in and out of Panama City. There really aren’t a lot of roads on on the Panhandle, and one of the most important, US-98, hugs the coast.