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STAND BY OUR PLAN: THE FIGHT TO SAVE OUR LIFESTYLE AND LAND

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NEARLY FOUR YEARS AGO A GROUP OF DETERMINED ALACHUA COUNTY, FLORIDA CITIZENS BEGAN A FIGHT TO JUST SAY NO TO DEVELOPMENT OVERREACH.  FROM A SMALL FEW TO A MUCH LARGER GROUP OF OVER 600 AND STILL GROWING AND REPRESENTING ALL PARTS OF THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM, STAND BY OUR PLAN HAS HAD SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND TO DATE HAS STYMIED THE MAJOR LOCAL DEVELOPMENT THRUST BY PLUM CREEK TIMBER, NOW WEYERHAUESER, IN IT'S ATTEMPT TO CREATE A CITY IN THE SWAMP.  BUT THE SUCCESS TO DATE IS JUST TEMPORARY, FOR THE BIG CORPORATE GIANT AND IT'S POLITICAL SUPPORTERS ARE DETERMINED TO HAVE THEIR WAY BY WHATEVER MEANS IT TAKES AS THE LAST REMNANTS OF WHAT WE CALL THE REMAINING "REAL FLORIDA" ARE IN THE BULLSEYE.  THEIR PUSH FOR REZONING COUPLED WITH A MASSIVE EFFORT BY GOVERNOR SCOTT TO PAVE OVER THIS PORTION OF THE STATE THREATENS TO TURN OUR BEAUTIFUL AREA INTO JUST ANOTHER JACKSONVILLE OR MIAMI WITH DESTRUCTION OF HABITAT, EXCESSIVE DRAW DOWN OF OUR WATER SUPPLIES, COOKIE CUTTER HOME AND BOX STORE DEVELOPMENT, EXCESSIVE TRAFFIC AND INCREASED CRIME.  THEY CLAM IT'S ALL ABOUT JOBS, BUT THE JOBS USUALLY GENERATED ARE LOW PAY, LOW SKILL AND LIMITED IF NO BEHEFITS, THE BEST JOBS ARE FILLED WITH NEWCOMERS. MEANWHILE, EXISTING COMMUNITIES DRY UP AND DIE AS THE OVERREACH RUNS THEM OVER LIKE A CANCER THAT KILLS.

TONIGHT ON NORTH FLORIDA WRITER LIVE WE'LL TALK ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT AND THE HIGHWAY CHALLENGE BY HIGHLIGHTING WHAT TOOK PLACE AT A COMMUNITY GATHERING YESTERDAY ON BEHALF OF ALL MEMBERS OF STAND BY OUR PLAN AND GOOD RURAL PEOPLE TRYING TO SAVE THEIR  LAND. THE SHOW STARTS AT 7:30 AND WILL BE A LEAD IN FOR A SPECIAL SHOW ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT WHICH I'LL DETAIL TONIGHT.  IF YOU LIVE IN OUR AREA, PLEASE TUNE IN. IF NOT, YOU NEED TO LEARN WHAT MIGHT VERY SOON HAPPEN IN YOUR "NECK OF THE WOODS".  IT'S HAPPENING EVERYWHERE. SEE YOU TONIGHT.

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