Seven50 Plan: Outline of the Path to Poverty

Seven50 Plan Presents Their Path to Poverty

Introduction to Subsidiarity Matrix and Outline

Notes on the Seven50 Plan for poverty are in red. Check back for updates as this will be updated.

Seven50 is an unprecedented opportunity to project a prosperous future for the seven counties of Southeast Florida. Sharing geography, climate and economic concerns, the region is influenced by government at the federal and state levels, as well as by decisions taken at county, municipal and more local levels. There is a big difference between projecting a prosperous future and actually having a prosperous future.

To focus exclusively on the concerns that would benefit from regional decision-taking while supporting and not impeding higher or lower levels of governance, Seven/50 is employing a principle of organization called Subsidiarity. The Seven50 plan creates a new layer of government to make decisions and delegate which decisions can be made and by whom. See Seven50 Matrix

Subsidiarity is a theory of governance that seeks to assign power to the group most competent to make a decision – a decision that belongs more properly with it rather than with a dominant central organization. Subsidiarity devolves control to the least central or most local level able to effectively perform the given function. In the cloak of subsidiarity Seven50 ushers in another level of bureaucracy with the ability to centralize previously decentralized decisions. Seven50 will give other counties influence on decisions local to Saint Lucie. Who makes the decisions about which level is best able to perform a function?

The Subsidiarity Matrix illustrates this principle, assigning planning concerns to the various appropriate levels of government oversight (top line). The planning concerns (left column) have been derived from the Livable Communities goals of federal agencies that fund regional and local initiatives (HUD, DOT, EPA), and the State of Florida Chamber of Commerce Six Pillars of Economic Development. The blue column shows the concerns that might benefit from regional coordination, as distinct from federal, state or more local control. This is quite telling. The importance of who’s concerns is listed in order of importance and the federal grants from HUD, EPA and DOT along with state agencies dependent upon federal money. The concerns of HUD, DOT and the EPA will be addressed and mandated to the individual usurping local responsibility. The agenda is centrally dictated from the federal government and implemented locally. This is not subsidiarity but deciding what is to be done and simply decentralizing implementation.

The Subsidiarity Outline describes the regional concerns, and is structured as follows. The observation states an issue that is a current concern. The discussion presents the future trend. The recommendations are proposals for modifying the trend. This is consultant speak for how to sell the plan. Note each has a different tense to be used and is used often to close sales. The purpose of the imperative tense is for the assumptive close.

Seven/50 seeks input from the Work Groups to correct or elaborate on the concerns described in the Outline and to identify others to be added. The input is limited to choices that that are aligned with the goals of the plan. See any Seven50 survey for how they limit choices to selections that are aligned with the plan and many items of a single question in multiple choice format are the same answers rephrased. This is the public’s opportunity to provide input to the centralized agenda to be masqueraded as a regionally derived plan.

It is hoped that this document will be the guide for coordinated initiative across the region in its shared goal of sustainable and resilient prosperity.

You will see throughout the plan that the interests of HUD, DOT and EPA will be blended with the private sector to cripple economic competition by playing favorites with industries and businesses providing neither opportunity or prosperity but crony capitalism if not regionalized fascism. See Seven50 consultant and founder of New Urbanism Andres Duany. More here, here, here and here.

 

1. AGRICULTURE

A/1B AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION & DISTRIBUTION

1 OBSERVATION: (present tense)

South Florida agriculture is a multi-billion-dollar-a-year industry that is an important employer and contributor to healthy living in the region. As the only sub-tropical growing environment in the U.S. it can be considered a national resource for priority protection. While this seems harmless it is clearly choosing agriculture as a favored industry. Be careful as to what is protected as Miami farmers were stripped of their property rights to run agricultural businesses after their land was arbitrarily declared wetlands. http://proprights.com/state/miami-dade-land-grab Look out below. Furthermore how does Seven50 decides which employers are important and which are not.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Agriculture will continue to under-appreciated as a contributor to the region’s economy and well-being, and risks to its continuing viability will Increase, including limited market, encroachment by urban development, and climate change. Here is the fear of loss sale tactic. Suddenly agriculture is under-appreciated. Nothing is said as to how the market is limited. Encroachment by urban development is alluding to wanting to restrict rural land use to agriculture rather than housing (see Seven50’s push for rail and mass transit and shift away from roads which are the best option for transportation in rural areas).

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Establish a regional system to coordinate and promote agriculture in the Region. This is creating a new layer of bureaucracy to benefit a favored interest.

2 OBSERVATIONS: (present tense)

Local food products cannot compete in the market place with imports and agri-business distributors. This should raise flags as it flatly states that in current conditions some businesses can compete.

National trade policy enables importing of produce from countries with similar growing environments where wages and overhead costs are lower, and where chemical regulations are less rigorous. We are entering into dangerous economic territory here. Consumers are purchasing foods that they choose to (likely because of lower price and higher availability to purchase) and this is a problem for Seven50. Unfortunately Seven50 has taken issue with people’s free choice to spend their money as they see fit. Seven50 in fact may price poor people out of food and into hunger. Seven50 will intervene in the market to make local food more competitive and in their speculation, more profitable.

But this all comes at the expense of everyone else. Resources must be taken in order for them to be allocated to local food. The free market, on the other hand, equals mutual benefit. Both parties in a trade believe they are better off after making it than not. They also value what they are gaining more than what they are giving up. Food producers gain by supplying consumer demand while consumers gain by purchasing food at lower costs. Seven50 is seeking to correct subsidies to BigAg by giving subsidies to more companies.

National farm policy favors large agri-business. Create a policy that provides favoritism to non-large agri-business.

Regulations impede home-grown food production and sales, such as raising chickens and selling eggs. Seven50 selects which industries should be freed from burdensome regulation. Unfortunately for the millions of businesses in South Florida Seven50 only favors helping certain industries.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

The region’ farmers will continue to be subject to out-pricing by products from other countries, further impeding the business of farming and resulting in fewer working farms. This is ripe with economic ignorance. The regions farmers are not out-priced but that current consumer demand does not support higher-priced foods as cheaper alternatives to local food influence consumers decisions as to where to spend their money.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Coordinate at a regional scale agricultural growers and sales to enable influence on policy and regulations at state and national levels, such as NAFTA, the Farm Bill, and USDA regulations. Here comes the regional fascism of aligning corporate interests in government. Seven50 will encourage government interventions in the forms of subsidies, tariffs, taxes, quotas and the like to punish competitive businesses and favor the special interests.

Establish and support a regional system of farmers’ markets to stimulate local distribution and sales, encourage local farming, and provide consumer access to local food products. (Barcelona) This is the socialization of selling produce. Currently the distribution, sales and access is handled by private companies fulfilling consumer demand. HUD, DOT and EPA find this to be a failure and will correct consumers decisions by creating a socialized distribution of local food and punishing successful businesses by favoring certain ones through regulations and policies.

Encourage purchase of local food by the region’s institutions, such as schools, colleges and hospitals. This clearly calls for centralizing decisions made at the local level to be aligned with federal preferences. The encouragement will be through tax subsidies, grants, exemptions and strings attached to federal funds to steer business to crony companies.

3 OBSERVATIONS: (present tense)

The region’s natural food sources, such as fish habitat, are being damaged by environmental management practices. Agricultural run-off in the Loxahatchee and St Lucie Rivers harms fish habitat in the Indian River Lagoon. Emergency overflow events from Lake Okeechobee harm habitats in the St Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon. Agricultural run-off in northern counties enters the Everglades and adversely affects the fishing and tourist industries in Monroe County. Heated water from nuclear plants damages nearby fish habitat.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

The continuing decline of fish habitat will result in diminishment of local fish stock, a local food source.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Encourage and protect a sustainable and resilient regional agricultural eco-system. Protect fish habitats with eco-system policies that control run-off, fertilizer and pesticide usage, and water quantity and temperature contamination. This has the EPA’s tentacles all over it as it is justifying the regional implementation of federal standards.

4 OBSERVATIONS: (present tense)

The food distribution industry favors mega-business growers to the detriment of the region’s agriculture. The food industry does not favor mega-growers. Consumers favor large growers currently because they are able to produce more food at lower costs and thus increase the quality of life for consumers and create prosperity as now consumers can spend less on food and more on other consumption. Seven50 will take that away and decrease the quality of life across South Florida.

Buying and distribution practices by large-scale distributors and supermarkets disadvantage locally produced goods, limiting the market. Here Seven50 tries to correct consumer demand. The “unfair” practices quoted are driven by consumer demand. Demand makes productiona and distribution economically viable.

Farmers’ markets represent a potential distribution alternative but are informal, once-a-week events without permanent location or infrastructure. Regulations limit local growing, processing and sales.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Local farmers, producers and distributors will continue to be impeded in bringing goods to market by mega-business distribution practices, by constraints on direct sales, and by lack of regional coordination and support.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Create a regional food aggregator to assist selling products from small farmers to local consumers. This is creating a regional socialized system to assist favored industries. More crony-capitalism/fascism to help crony companies profit from public subsidies which make everyone else poorer.

Encourage municipalities to allow food to be grown and processed in urban areas. Federal preferences to implement regionally zoning changes locally.

Expand Florida’s new Cottage Food Legislation that allows unlicensed home kitchen production, to allow direct sales and higher gross sales.

This is one thing Seven50 has right, partly. They are correct that it should be easier to do business. However Seven50 has already shown it’s crony cloak. Only for local food will doing business get easier. The recommendations from above will seek to make business harder for non-local food.

5 OBSERVATION: (present tense)

Agricultural lands are shrinking due to metropolitan growth and Increasing value of real estate, and are at risk in relation to the increased flooding of climate change. Seven50 is blaming flooding on sea level rise which is merely a theory that is yet to be substantiated.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Pressure to convert agricultural land into urban development will increase with population growth, resulting in permanent loss of farmland.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Encourage each county to establish a master plan for preservation of Farmland through zoning, easements, purchase of development rights and transfer of development rights. This is an assault on property rights. Through zoning and manipulation of development rights one may not be able to use land that they own as they see fit as the federal decision to preserve land will be implemented regionally. As the Miami farms declared wetlands after decades of use debacle occurred, property owners within Seven50’s turf could face restriction on property usage.

In northern counties, promote new urban development as agrarian urbanism, to preserve agricultural productivity, local character, view-sheds, and to add environmental value to the land, such as water recycling and filtration.

The result of this will be to limit non agrarian economic opportunity in the northern counties. Property owners in rural areas may lose the ability to use their property for anything but agri-business. Seven50 is allocating how land resources must be used which applies failed socialist economic policies to land usage. The northeners will be free to be farm serfs to provide the southerners with food.

2. CLIMATE

2B CLIMATE ADAPTATION

1 OBSERVATION: (present tense)

Storm events produce flooding, in both urban areas and sub-urban areas where the land elevation is low.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Flooding will gradually increase in low-lying areas especially during high tides and storm events as an impact of sea level rise. Sea level rise is not a conclusive theory and is highly debated as artic icecaps grew by 60% last year.

Storm-water systems will be increasingly taxed and will require improvement to maintain flood control. There will be more taxes to come.

Frequent flooding may discourage investment in coastal and inland low-lying real estate, as costs of maintenance, including insurance, increase. Infrastructure and buildings not prepared for inundation will deteriorate. Flooding may impact water quality, as potential effluent discharge will contaminate drinking water and coastal waters. Lions, tigers and bears oh my. Building in flood zone areas is a result of subsidized insurance thru FEMA and federal flood insurance which send false signals to consumers telling them it is safe to build where it is not.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Expand the four county Climate Compact to include all seven counties of the region, to coordinate adaptation planning and implementation. Force environmental regulations upon others and usurp local decision making.

Initiate long-range planning at county and municipal levels for adaptation to increasing flooding, including geographically specific plans for increasing storm-water storage capacity, protecting the built environment in some instances and reducing services in others. Coerce municipalities to align with EPA preferences.

Inventory all infrastructure and determine its resistance to surge and inundation. Determine priority for protection according to public benefit, including impact on economic development and density. Public benefit is never defined but often used to claim decision making authority, decisions being taken from local representative government.

Reduce demand on storm water systems by separating storm water and effluent systems to reduce the amount of water treated. (See additionally policies related to infrastructure.)

Advocate for insurance company policy to assess and acknowledge the resilience of areas that protect themselves, rather than relying on a broad policy related to potential vulnerability. This is another intervention, this time in the insurance industry.

2 OBSERVATION: (present tense)

South Florida public investment decisions are often addressed in 10-30 year (bond-issue related) plans, with long-term implementation schedules. There is little public discussion of the public funds that will be required for adaption to climate change. This seeks to justify inserting climate change agenda into local decisions, removing local control.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Adaptation for the long-term impacts of climate change, especially the modification of infrastructure in relation to the flooding and storms related to sea level rise, will require, in the light of always limited resources, public investment decisions that protect some areas and not others. Political decisions related to the allocation of limited resources will require facilitation with a data-driven, rational and participatory process, as well as flexible implementation plans. More Malthusian fear mongering that seeks to push a fear of sea level rise which is highly debated and inconclusive. The BBC predicted the melting of all ice caps in the next 5 years but just this past year artic icecaps grew by 60% and many climatologists warn of cooling temperatures. The climate change debate is not settled but mandates will be enforced upon South Florida to combat that which is not concluded.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Require all public agencies, counties and municipalities to plan for 50 year outcomes, with particular attention to the public infrastructure needed for continuing viability of economic development. Develop a participatory process for long-term public investment decisions, with cost and benefit analysis of infrastructure improvements related to criteria such as geographic elevation, density, employment, existing investment value of built environment, cultural and environmental value. This is important to note for the relatively underbuilt northern counties. The value of Broward and Dade and their economic significance will impact development in northern counties.

3. OBSERVATION: (present tense)

South Florida is vulnerable to insects and disease from three primary sources: agricultural mono-cultures which develop resistant bacterial strands and pests; the worldwide distribution of people, produce and products that carry insects or diseases; changes in weather patterns, including temperature changes or storms, that may introduce new insects and diseases and allow them to flourish here.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Increasing heat and severe weather, as well as increasing global trade, will introduce new pests and diseases to South Florida.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Coordinate agricultural research, knowledge and practice of farming that discourage and respond to resistant pests, disease and viruses. More GMO agriculture which is being banned throughout much of the world due to the unintended consequences that it brings. Simply Google GMO to see how consumers are turning away from such products. This will subsidize the GMO industry.

Create a master plan for crop “breaks” such as “fire breaks” in order to enable quarantines as necessary. Does the farmland belong to the farmers to decide how to protect or has Seven50 just laid claim to a stake in all agricultural land?

4. OBSERVATION: (present tense)

As sea level rises, South Florida’s primary water source, the aquifer, is at risk from salt water intrusion. Sea level rise is not proven and the ice caps grew 60% in size last year.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

See potable water infrastructure.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

See potable water infrastructure.

5. OBSERVATION: (present tense)

Predicted change in frequency and severity of storm events poses a threat to the built environment.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Damage from wind, storm surge and flooding will continue periodically to disrupt infrastructure networks, such as electricity, internet services, transportation and water. Inland areas may be as vulnerable to storms as coastal areas, and unpredictability of hurricane paths require broad regional preparedness.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Coordinate regional agencies’ and counties’ emergency management, including potential evacuation scenarios across the region. To minimize evacuation, establish a regional template for emergency coordination at the neighborhood level; identify locations in residential areas (neighborhood centers) for delivery of water, supplies and services as well as locations where supplies may be stored long term when delivery services are interrupted. In the assault on cars and roads Seven50 overlooks the inability of mass transit to handle evacuation. This ignores a major reason of evacuating – the dangerous storm itself not the lack of supply afterwards.

6. OBSERVATION: (present tense)

The region’s natural ecosystem will evolve with climate change. Protecting the environment is a critical aspect of protecting the resources of our region.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

The ecosystems that respond to natural events such as drought and flooding have the capacity to absorb impacts and climate change to buffer and protect the built environment. In order to plan for adaptation of the built environment, it is critical to understand potential scenarios of evolution of the natural environment.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Coordinate a regional plan protecting and improving the health of all natural systems to bolster and protect the built environment. For example, expanding the tree canopy, increasing mangroves, protecting and increasing reef growth, eliminating water pollution, reducing impervious surfaces and reducing water usage are important mitigation actions (sequestrating carbon) but will also serve adaptation purposes.

Possible scenarios will dictate what can or cannot be done with property. Current economic growth will be curtailed for what may happen in the future. These decisions are already handled locally but through Seven50 federal preferences will be regionally implemented.

3. EDUCATION [partially edited]

3A. HIGHER EDUCATION

1 OBSERVATION: (present tense)

Many well-respected public and private higher educational institutions exist in South Florida. These universities, colleges, community colleges and technical institutes are among the region’s most important resources for economic development and sustainability.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

A comparatively low level of resources due to the relative youth of these institutions will restrain their ability to compete nationally with older wealthier institutions elsewhere in the country. The Florida University system has hundreds of thousands of students in the system and are not struggling to fill open enrollment slots. Seven50 creates a problem that does not exist.

RECOMMENDATION: (imperative tense)

Establish a regional consortium of higher education institutions to coordinate resources and to enable sharing resources such as, library collections, research equipment, faculty expertise, and curricula. (Philadelphia) This reads of more bureaucracy and centralization of higher education. Will private institutions be coerced into a consortium? We currently have a state university system, it would seem regionalizing this may fragment the current state system and put federal education preferences ahead of state preferences.

2 OBSERVATION: (present tense)

Business attraction and retention depends on a well-educated and highly skilled work force.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Higher education graduates will continue to leave the region to seek employment and business will continue to seek employees from elsewhere without better coordination of business needs and educational offerings.

RECOMMENDATION:

Establish an ongoing regional forum for business and education leaders to identify needs and plan educational offerings, including trade and technical training. The identifying of needs is best done thru the free market. Here leaders will have the opportunity to influence crony policy to meet their current interests putting the interests of crony businesses ahead of actual consumer demand.

3 OBSERVATION: (present tense)

Public and private primary and secondary education systems need excellent teachers to propel students into high skilled employment and into higher education.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Schools growing with population will need more excellent teachers.

RECOMMENDATION: (imperative tense)

Prioritize educating excellent teachers. Non-descript and sounds meaning less but having excellent teachers is a demand necessitated by people desiring better education rather than government decree.

4 OBSERVATION: (present tense)

The region’s higher institutions attract students from throughout the hemisphere and the world, reflecting the region’s global position and opportunities for international business development. This contradicts the previous statement that state institutions cannot compete with other institutions.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Expectations that higher education graduates be prepared for a global business environment including multi-lingual proficiency will increase.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Encourage multi-lingual education offerings to ensure the success of the region’s graduates. Learning language in higher institution is currently an option. The encouragement will likely involve awarding funds to those who comply. Does it seem like we have another school board/board of education forming?

Establish a priority and foster an identity for regional higher education founded in multi-lingual abilities.

5 OBSERVATION: (present tense)

Institutional resilience and accessibility in the face of predictable future trends such as traffic congestion and climate change requires attention to transportation planning and building characteristics.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Continuing dependence on automobiles for access will limit access during and after severe weather and will continue to waste institutional resources on parking. Reducing institutional need for access by automobile will contribute to reducing carbon emissions. Reducing automobile usage has not shown high correlation to reducing carbon emissions. Yet it is propogated as such. http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/does-light-rail-worsen-congestion-and-air-quality#axzz2emUgcWSG

RECOMMENDATION: (imperative tense)

Encourage locating new institutional facilities in conjunction with transit, and pplan transit to serve existing educational institutions that are high-use destinations. There is nothing inherently wrong with this if done thru the free market but the encouragement they speak of will lead to malinvestment as they look to supply something for which there is no demand (you can ignore the manipulated results of Seven50’s surveys which limit options to get a predefined answer).

4. INFRASTRUCTURE

4B. STORM-WATER INFRASTRUCTURE

1. OBSERVATION: (present tense)

Storm-water management and systems in South Florida release fresh water and contaminants into the bays, lagoons and ocean, impacting human and natural habitats.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Pollutants will continue to harm the Indian River Lagoon ecology as a result of Lake Okeechobee overflow management. Fresh water released into the inter-coastal areas will continue to result in de- salinization and harm to ecosystems. Storm events will continue to overwhelm storm and sanitary systems’ carrying capacity, releasing under-treated effluent into the ocean.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Redesign and coordinate regional storm water management to allow natural systems to complement manmade systems. For example: routing treated urban runoff to the west and to the east, enabling most storm-water to percolate through pervious surfaces and French drain systems, and routing Lake Okeechobee overflow south through the Everglades. Polluted discharge should not be sent to the Everglades, this is simply diverting pollution that goes into developed areas into the Everglades.

Separate combined sewer and storm-water systems.

2. OBSERVATION: (present tense)

Flood events are increasing. Floods are often tied to seasonal storms in Florida and there has not been such an issue this year to support this claim.

DISCUSSION: (future tense) Sea level rise, combined with storm events and high tides, will cause more frequent flooding of both coastal and low-lying inland areas. To prevent lowering of real estate values, significant investment in engineering solutions will be required.

RECOMMENDATION: (imperative tense)

Develop a variety of appropriate protection solutions and the public process to determine where and how to apply them. This will require a combination of engineering scenarios (pumping, run-off storage capacity increase, raising land elevation, and constructed barriers in coastal areas), and coordination of responsibility for appropriate action and timing. The implementation of EPA preferences (follow grant money funding this whole scheme) based upon the trivial topic of sea level rise, rewarding those in Seven50’s favor.

3. OBSERVATION: (present tense)

Existing storm water infrastructure is bypassing aquifer recharge. Systems carry and release water into canals and waterways rather than to areas where it can percolate into the aquifer.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Saltwater intrusion into the drinking water supply will continue to advance as more water is drawn from it and as sea level rises. Aquifer recharge through percolation of storm water will hold back saltwater intrusion. (See also 4C potable water infrastructure.)

RECOMMENDATION: (imperative tense)

Recharge aquifers by increasing pervious surfaces in urban and sub-urban and redirecting storm-water systems to recharge areas. Design and develop new areas for holding and percolation between urbanized areas and canals.

More fears of sea level rise in the face of the fact that the idea of sea level rise is under heavy debate and to which the projected models for sea level rise have shown to be faulty.

4. INFRASTRUCTURE

4C. POTABLE WATER INFRASTRUCTURE

1 OBSERVATION: (present tense)

South Florida’s potable water is drawn principally from aquifers which are at risk for salt water intrusion as increasing usage draws water out and as sea level rises.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

While regulation of water usage has reduced urban usage quantity per person in recent decades, it is anticipated that aquifer capacity will not be sufficient to accommodate existing growth trends. The majority of water use is for agriculture and this usage will outweigh most efficiencies of urban usage.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Diversify water sources, taking pressure off the aquifers. Conventional options for urban use in similar climates include rainwater capture and storage (cisterns) as well as recycling greywater for irrigation.

Enable and promote captured, recycled or grey water for agriculture and lawns.

2 OBSERVATION: (present tense)

Saltwater intrusion is threatening fresh water in the aquifer.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

As the demand for fresh water continues to grow, and as larger amounts of water are drawn out, rising sea level will increase salt water intrusion into the aquifer.* Contamination of the aquifer with saline water is a virtually irreversible condition eliminating its capacity for providing drinking water.

Water treatment such as de-salinization is a probable scenario as the region grows.

*South Florida’s porous geology carries fresh water from underground sources in the north to our water supply wells. Historically the fresh water supply was abundant and percolated to the bays. The rapid and high quantity of usage of fresh water invites ocean waters to permeate through the same porous rock.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Diversity potable water sources, leaving more freshwater in the aquifers. Eliminate use of potable water for all non-potable demands. See recommendations for No.1

3 OBSERVATION: (present tense)

Discussions of reservoir creation and desalination options are underway.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Reservoirs and desalinization systems will be costly and are not as efficient in water storage as are the aquifers (which exist naturally). Additionally, they tend to be full in the rainy season and dry in the dry season.

RECOMMENDATION: (imperative tense)

Determine cost efficient systems and allow individuals greater autonomy on water sourcing.

Follow above recommendations regarding preserving and recharging aquifers and conserving fresh potable water only for household drinking.

4. INFRASTRUCTURE

4D ELECTRICAL INFRASTRUCTURE

1 OBSERVATIONS: (present tense)

Electrical Infrastructure in South Florida is vulnerable to weather events and increased flooding as sea level rises.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Electrical service lines run both above and below ground. Above ground lines may be easily erected, are relatively inexpensive and do not require extensive below ground coordination among multiple utilities, such as water and sewer lines. However, they are easily disrupted by storms and can be disruptive, particularly when placed within urban sidewalks. Burying existing lines underground presents problems of cost and ease of maintenance.

RECOMMENDATION: (imperative tense)

Ensure the electrical distribution system can accommodate severe weather and rising water in both urban and rural areas. Determine the most appropriate system (above ground or below ground) for its particular location. Again this is already done locally but now a new layer of government will have say on what is done where and how.

2 OBSERVATION: (present tense)

As power sources vary (from coal and oil to natural gas, etc.), electric may likely be the preferred delivery system to area residents and businesses.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Land easements must be identified to accommodate an expansion of the electrical grid.

RECOMMENDATION: (imperative tense)

Require expansion areas to be identified regionally.

3 OBSERVATION: (present tense)

South Florida’s sources of electricity are nuclear power plants.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Worldwide concern about nuclear accidents will continue, as will concerns about the supply of other energy sources such as oil and natural gas.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Develop a regional strategy for energy independence, including reduction in energy demand (similar to water use regulations of last two decades) and for developing alternate power sources, such as wind generation, solar collectors, and harnessing other natural energy. Currently these sources are more expensive and their implementation could drastically raise costs of living prices for individuals making people poorer and decreasing the quality of life in South Florida. We have seen even the alternative energy companies fail despite subsidies from the government because consumer demand does not yet support all the supply of alternative energy that the DOE seeks to supply. This could likely drive up energy prices and result in severe negative consequences among the poor.

Promote investment in regional research and development for energy generation and storage, as an economic development strategy to serve a global market. Businesses already put money into R&D to fill what entrepreneurs gauge to be future demand. Again this is mixing government and certain industries to provide us the crony capitalism/fascism advocated by Seven50 consultant Andres Duany.

4 OBSERVATION: (present tense)

With access to sunshine and wind as well as some water currents, research shows South Florida can produce electric energy. Currently, Florida Light and Power manages all energy buy back options.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Energy production will allow some autonomy from imported energy sources. Storage of the electricity produced will continue to be a large obstacle. Reducing certain energy demands, such as hot water, by heating it using direct solar power, can also make autonomy more likely.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Develop a regional strategy for energy independence. Develop an energy policy that includes energy production and moves towards independence.

Invest in energy storage research (batteries) as a global business that benefits locally/regionally. This merely advocates for further cronyism in the energy industry.

Encourage multiple energy providers to allow competition in the marketplace. This is actually needed in the marketplace. Energy competition within a market has been successful in the few free areas that allow energy competition. Current monopolization of energy in many areas hurts the consumer by preventing competition.

4. INFRASTRUCTURE

4E. INTERNET INFRASTRUCTURE

1. OBSERVATION: (present tense)

Internet connectivity is critical to economic development and quality of life. This is a fallacy, it is not the product itself which adds to quality of life, it is the price at which it is attained.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Like railways and other infrastructure, location and reliability of the electronic communication network will determine the location of intellectual enterprise. Attracting an array of business, including intellectual enterprise, to South Florida is in the interest of the region as a whole. Yet businesses favored will benefit at the expense of one’s who are not favored. This will hurt the region as a whole while enriching the chosen few.

Daily activities and access to information will become increasingly reliant upon the internet. Access to a high-quality internet connection will be expected throughout South Florida as will resilience of the internet infrastructure, in order to maintain a national competitiveness.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Establish a regional reputation as being business-friendly and electronically connected. High speed internet access is currently available in almost all of South Florida. Government intervention into the private communication market could dictate the allocation of resources and miss the next advancement in telecom by directing money to be spent on existing technology. Private telecoms will invest in what they forecast to be consumer demand which could possibly be a higher quality form of communication than presently available. Would Seven50 been able to predict the iPhone or smartphone a dozen years ago? The answer is likely not and they would have missed the boat and impoverished all of South Florida as a result. Note they are likely to defend their decisions based upon the crony-capitalist recommendations in exchange for subsidies.

Develop free, reliable, high speed Wi-Fi throughout the region to support business and commercial centers, ports, airports, civic locations including parks, and all public transportation systems. Nothing is free so the money would come from somewhere, this is the desire to socialize telecom services.

Consider the provision of internet systems and service a public utility provided by the private sector. Again this is the blending of corporate and government interests which is the bed that crony-capitalism and fascism lay.

Require additional redundancy, especially for transportation-related companies and life-safety services. This requirement for more certainly will not be free and necessitate the use of taxes to pay for the plans. This shows that the free service dreamt up above will have a price tag bourn by those whom the plan is imposed upon.

2. OBSERVATION: (present tense)

The total amount of data stored and transmitted by the internet is rapidly increasing.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

The total amount of data crossing internet infrastructure will exceed system capacity causing significant delays and service outages.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Develop for the region redundant internet systems. Increase capacity between South Florida and the main US backbones, and between the US and other countries in the Americas. One should be wary of this given the recent privacy and statutory violations by the federal government upon individuals. More government intervention into the telecom industry, subsidizing the capital expenditures of favored companies on the backs of taxpayers and economic loss to other businesses as consumers have less to spend as a result of being forced to subsidize others.

3. OBSERVATION: (present tense) Internet service options are limited. Current internet service is available thru multiple providers across phone providers, cable companies, satellite companies, cellular carriers and even some utility companies.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Lack of broad competitiveness among service providers will discourage businesses and knowledge workers, telecommuting and home businesses.

At home businesses and telcom has grown tremendously as advancement in data speeds has made those options more practical and efficient. Smartphones usage has grown tremendously in the past few years alone. They are identifying a problem that they perceive but does not show in the market itself. For instance the cost for the speed at which data is transferred has fallen as businesses compete. You can now get the same speed of years past for less money than before or much faster speed today for yesterdays price levels. This has been a result of competition rather than the lack of it.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Entice new service providers through incentives, including cross-county cooperation and access to public rights-of-way for new service installations. Government has no business picking which companies are the winners, the enticement businesses receive need to come from paying consumers rather than meddling bureaucrats.

Remove regulatory barriers to utility competition. This is something Seven50 gets right except that they are choosing where competition is allowed and how much of it can exist.

4. OBSERVATION: (present tense)

Internet service capacity is insufficient in many locations throughout the region.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Inferior internet capacity will cause businesses, knowledge workers, and individuals to leave the region. Internet connectivity enables communications and work to take place outside the conventional workplace. Distributed working from home, in neighborhood centers, reduces traffic congestion and carbon emissions. If there is consumer demand for greater bandwith businesses will compete to supply that demand, government need not interfere to manipulate outcomes in the market (see recent housing bubble).

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Develop a comprehensive plan for high-speed internet coverage of the region, including residential neighborhoods, with minimum standard for connectivity. Federal mandates for internet speed at the local level. This is laughable at best. This will again push the government to incentivize and select companies to be the beneficiaries of such policies creating even more crony capitalism.

Fund research into high-capacity network technologies, and installation of additional capacity. R&D should be done by the companies looking to seize customer profits and fulfill the demands for what consumers want. Here the federal government is pushing for something to which businesses are already doing. There is no need for the government to get involved yet resources will be taken from consumers and given to the chosen few. People will be worse off than they were before yet few businesses will gain due to the simple fact they were chosen by the Seven50 “leaders.” The public should also raise concerns due to the recent privacy violations conducted through the federal government. With the government-funded installation of additional capacity serious privacy concerns arise.

7. REGULATION

7B. COMPREHENSIVE PLAN REGULATION

1. OBSERVATION: (present tense)

State statutes no longer require or support comprehensive plans. Regional goals for environmental benefit and transit require regional coordination of multiple County and Municipal plans. Here it seeks to use a state decision as a reason to grab decision making authority.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Environmental and transportation policies will continue to differ from county to county, resulting in incompatibility and potential contradictions.

RECOMMENDATION: (imperative tense)

Establish a regional planning or advocacy organization (such as the New York Regional Planning Association, a non-for–profit) for regional coordination of comprehensive plans. Create a new bureaucracy that produces nothing and limits economic growth by consuming valuable resources that would otherwise be directed voluntarily to the benefit of consumers and businesses.

2. OBSERVATION:

Comprehensive plan updates are not synchronized between levels of government; the result is that statewide, regional, county and local government plans have overlapping and contradictory goals and policies.

DISCUSSION:

Counties and municipalities will continue to update comprehensive plans on different schedules and with divergent goals, creating policies that are out of alignment and increasing planning costs. This seeks to take local decision making away. There is contempt for local government handling decisions as they see fit and they have the legal authority to do so. This idea overrides democratic process where individuals can influence policy and decisions in their local communities and give authority to foreign boards and organizations.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Initiate a process of regional coordination of comprehensive plan updates, including scheduling. Use the new bureaucracy to implement federal objectives to override local decision making.

Encourage comprehensive plans to reflect the regional system of subsidiarity.

7C. DEVELOPMENT REGULATION

1. OBSERVATION: (present tense)

Zoning codes and subdivision regulations tend to produce low-density development separate by use, with mobility dependent on vehicular use. The documents are complicated, an aggregation of modifications over time, producing results that fall short of community visions. Here they are starting the pitch for high density housing.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Development will continue to be automobile-dependent with a high rate of vehicle miles traveled (VMT). Low-density development will continue to ill- serve seniors and young people, contribute to high carbon-emissions and preclude public transit. Again there is debate regarding reducing car miles translating to reducing carbon emissions. http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/does-light-rail-worsen-congestion-and-air-quality#axzz2emEehkGU

RECOMMENDATION: (imperative tense)

Produce a template for clear and concise form-based zoning codes and subdivision regulations to encourage development that is transit-oriented, walkable, inter-generational, and mixed use. This will push federal mandates for zoning onto local municipalities and take away local representation in zoning decisions.

7E. LIGHT RED TAPE ZONES

1 OBSERVATION: (present tense)

Regulations and the regulatory process often inhibit start-up and small businesses, limiting economic growth. Many Seven50 recommendations do just that. Using regulations and the process to favor chosen companies which will inhibit new startups and cripple economic growth.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Building restrictions, occupational licenses and a variety of regulations and fees will continue to burden entrepreneurial initiative. Well-intended regulations focused on safety, environment and municipal revenue will continue to grow. Note Seven50’s concern for how municipal revenues are generated while they ignore how Seven50 itself has been, is and will be funded.

Regulations and enforcement will increase in complexity and severity as new regulations are added atop old and practices once overlooked in poor areas are targeted as those areas gentrify. Entrepreneurs in regulated industries will be dissuaded from establishing new businesses. Developers will refrain from experimenting with new products.

RECOMMENDATION: (imperative tense)

Establish Light Red Tape Zones identifying the inhibiting regulations, fees and processes that can be released and allowing businesses and residences to inhabit with minimum public sector oversight. More nonsense. It is true that red tape inhibits economic growth but why should economic growth be limited to certain zones. Note that this is not red tape free zones but red tape light zones. What gives the public confidence that a group who’s existence is funded by tax dollars is sensitive to how businesses operate and which red tape is most burdensome. Regardless these zones will be set arbitrarily and may be awarded to areas favored by the new Seven50 bureaucracy.

9. TRANSPORTATION

9A MARINE INFRASTRUCTURE

1 OBSERVATION: (present tense)

Expansion of the Panama Canal is anticipated to increase seaport activity in South Florida.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

South Florida will compete with other U.S major points of entry for the distribution of imported goods throughout the eastern United States. Although, South Florida ports are the closest among U.S. ports to the Panama Canal, due to geography, ports have a narrower range for distribution than its closest competitors; Houston, New Orleans, Mobile, Tampa, Jacksonville, Savannah and Charleston.

RECOMMENDATION: (imperative tense)

Establish a regional network of South Florida ports to coordinate marketing and operations, in order to better compete with other seaports.

2. OBSERVATION: (present tense)

Because of the state’s long and narrow landmass, efficient transfer of freight to land, shipping by truck and rail in order to minimize time on land is critical. The region’s seaports are limited in land area.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

This marine infrastructure must be connected with land infrastructure to allow the easy transfer of goods and people

RECOMMENDATION: (imperative tense)

Efficient land transportation will continue to be important for seaport competitiveness. Coordinate the several ports activities with individual land transportation conditions, including allocating distribution of shipping and cruise operations. Both these recommendations seeks to sustain businesses that have issues competing on the free market. What it must give to help these industries it must take away from others, again hurting economic prosperity and growth.

9. TRANSPORTATION

9B. FREIGHT INFRASTRUCTURE

1 OBSERVATION: (present tense)

DISCUSSION: (future tense) RECOMMENDATION: (imperative tense)

9. TRANSPORTATION

9C. AIRPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

1 OBSERVATION: (present tense)

South Florida airports are global hubs for international flights to the Caribbean, Central and South America, as well as Europe and Asia. International passenger flights also importantly carry freight.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Competition from other airports will increase. For instance, Panama is rapidly developing as a business hub for the hemisphere and will compete for transfer air traffic.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Connect the regions’ airports to each other, and to the seaports, and to business centers. Coordinate public transportation and freight distribution centers. Apparently the Seven50 planners have never witnessed travelers flying into airports and hopping on cruises at nearby sea ports. This happens across FL with cruise ships routinely. But Seven50 will not let an opportunity by to provide rational for the employment of unproductive people.

2 OBSERVATION: (present tense)

South Florida airports have geographically limited capacity for growth.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Growth capacity for the airports would most efficiently be planned in in coordination rather than competition, including distribution of activity, and consideration of investment in new facilities and potentially additional airports. Seven50 seeks to dictate to airport principals how they may or may not be able to invest in capital expenditures to outcompete one another for travel consumption.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Establish regional airport development and operations coordination. More bureaucracy and unproductive staff being employed on the backs of the taxpayers. So much for prosperity.

3 OBSERVATION: (present tense)

Cost of air travel for passengers and goods is highly sensitive to the cost of fuel.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Because of the region’s location at a national antipode, air travel will continue to be an important connector for all economic activity, including tourism trade. The trend to increasing fuel costs may threaten the relative facility of long distance travel enjoyed by South Florida to date.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Promote a regional priority to expand options for connectivity, with a vision for increased choices and flexibility for travel and shipping, including rail, bus rapid transit and other fuel-efficient modes. Seven50 predicts that there will be no inventions or innovations that lead to increased efficiency in fuel. In their fearmongering they seek to subsidize their favored options though they cannot predict how consumer behavior and choices may change in the future. The economic prosperity and quality of life in the future will be chained to expectations based upon the present showing Seven50’s inability to assess the economy.

9. TRANSPORTATION

9D. HEAVY RAIL (INTERCITY) INFRASTRUCTURE

1. OBSERVATION: (present tense)

Heavy rail is an important component of long-range connectivity for South Florida. Rail has been one of America’s most subsidized industries and rail has not been profitable (see Amtrak).

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Heavy rail will increase in importance for carrying passengers and freight; especially as fuel costs and roadway congestion grow. While the location of existing rail lines may seem inconvenient from an urban development perspective, the cost of developing new rights-of-way will continue to be prohibitive, so priority should be given to protect and improve existing lines. Swap the word priority with favoritism to see what they have in mind. Unelected bureaucrats creating a plan to favor special interests.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Coordinate existing and potential new heavy rail infrastructure throughout the region, with a master plan network of connectivity north-south and east- west—connecting South Florida’s urban centers, seaports and airports, and distribution centers. Such a plan should provide a framework for the best locations for growth of business centers. Not only does this involve tax subsidies to rail which in not economically viable but also it will favor locations geographically for growth? Why should only the areas Seven50 mandates be location for growth of business centers. This central planning will fail as only the market can dictate where the best allocation of resources are based upon consumer demand rather than Seven50 mandates. This could effectively prevent economic opportunity in the areas outside of the framework that our crony-capitalists practitioners in Seven50.

9. TRANSPORTATION

9E. LIGHT RAIL (INTER-CITY) INFRASTRUCTURE

1 OBSERVATION: (present tense)

Passenger light rail (rapid acceleration electric vehicles on permanent tracks) is not among the region’s transit modes.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Where transit is not convenient, ridership will remain low and roadways will become more congested. Transit is not convenient when people must drive to rail stations or transit hubs are not well planned, for instance compact and connected with parking. Where transit is not convenient, it will be a poor indicator of potential ridership. Light rail has proven to be successful in guiding urban growth and economic development in a number of American cities. It represents an infrastructure investment to be integrated carefully with land use that focuses destinations. Inconvenience alone is not what drives consumer demand for products/services. This is a fallacious statement that equates to build it and they will come. This will misallocate resources into areas where there is not the demand for said service. But in order for this to work Seven50 will have to force communities into high-density housing to make this feasible. Currently more consumers choose to travel by automobile than tri-rail freely. Seven50 will take resources from this individuals and give them to rail companies to stimulate rail growth while inducing losses in every other area. This will be costly and the money taken from one area will be drained from other businesses as consumers will have less to spend hurting business in South Florida as a whole.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Develop a regional plan (the South Florida “Ladder”) for all modes of transit connecting existing employment centers, with specific attention to light rail routes to guide urban development. Specific favoritism to rail which will involve huge subsidies.

2 OBSERVATION: (present tense)

Light rail infrastructure indicates the permanence of a 100-year investment.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

A track will provide a more stable guarantee of predictable routes and will guide investment. Buses may also serve urban areas, but do not represent the permanence that inspires investment. Also, buses are considered an inferior mode as they are subject to traffic congestion and delays.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Plan light rail routes to connect urban and neighborhood centers where growth and investment is desired. Windfall profits for rail companies at the expense of the taxpayers and local economic growth.

3 OBSERVATION: (present tense)

South Florida’s aging population that lives in suburban areas is vehicle-dependent for accessing daily needs and will lose mobility when driving is no longer possible. This borders on ageism and discriminating against all elderly as being unable to drive. Many elderly are still able to drive but Seven50 seems to hint that they are a danger on the road. The irony is that they prefer that less mobile elderly get on rail and then walk everywhere. What happens when the rail cars are crowded forcing what the assume are immobile elderly to stand?

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

As South Floridians become less able to drive they will need alternative modes of transportation. The senior’s decision to no longer drive should be encouraged by facilitating good alternatives. The transportation options and built environment that facilitates elderly mobility, also serve the handicapped and youth and families with small children. This is an assault on freedom of choice for the elderly as they outright assume that elderly do not want to drive. It is not senior’s decisions not to drive as a group, only individuals can make those choices for themselves. In Seven50’s assault on freedom of choice (they may argue you are free to choose from the choices they permit one to have) they look to make choices for all of the elderly by stereotyping them as unable or unwilling to drive.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Develop a regional plan of accessible transit that ensures a safe, convenient, user-friendly system, with walkable connections to neighborhoods. They have just finished their assault on the elderly by saying they cannot drive and now want to force elderly into walking in South Florida heat though that may not be an option for all of the elderly. They assume the elderly is immobile but then want them to walk thru the community. The Seven50 plan is blinded by the self-interested choices of the planners.

4 OBSERVATION: (present tense)

The variety of existing transportation systems in South Florida often does not provide competitive convenience. A definition of competitive convenience should be laid out as the term produces zero relevant google searches. I suspect that they seek to say everything is not fair and thus favor companies by making it more convenient for them to compete which actually inconveniences other businesses who compete for consumer demand fairly.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Light rail will only replace other transportation options where it is more convenient or cost effective than driving. Of particular importance is the role of public transportation during events. Convenient transit during public events will be critical to bringing more people off the road. Light rail has not shown to be more convenient or cost-effective as the rail industry relies on federal subsidies to operate at a profit. Consumers continue to choose the automobile because of consumer preference. Seven50 does not believe consumer preference fit’s with the federal agenda that Seven50 is employed to serve and thus must use resources taken from the private sector to make industries that cannot find demand to make them economically viable. This is not to say that rail is bad but that the best choice will lie where consumers make it voluntarily rather than the forced stimulation of rail thru redistributing resources to chosen industries/sectors/companies.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Manage transit head-times to be competitive with driving times. Manage connectivity and cost across modes of transit. Examples may include NYC MTA, where one pass connects subway and bus transfers. There is no evidence that even with comparable travel times that consumers in South Florida will choose rail over auto. Yet Seven50 uses this as a reason to redistribute resources to favored areas such as rail.

9. TRANSPORTATION

9F. INTERMODAL HUBS

1. OBSERVATION: (present tense)

Current transportation options are not connected to each other or to parking structures, the most common form of linking with public transit. Having isolated transportation hubs does not support the majority of potential ridership. Elderly people may make up a large future portion of transit riders.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Transit hubs tend to be in remote locations and do not clearly connected transit options. This negatively impacts both those who cannot or choose not to drive as well as those who may not be able to walk or bike the necessary distance between nodes.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Plan for hubs that connect to multiple transportation modes and are immediately connected to free automobile, bicycle and motorcycle parking. Free parking? They must have been playing monopoly when creating this segment. If their dream for high-density urban areas occurs the land in such areas will see appreciation in value. How will Seven50 propose that this valuable land be developed into parking lots/ transit hubs? How will it be maintained given that the service is free? The local economy will be forces to subsidize this as well damaging the economy even further and reducing the quality of life for many in South Florida.

Design clear walking connections with frequent places to rest. Allowing rest stops is a nod to the difficulty the elderly could face due to Seven50 but serious issues may arise due to the South Florida heat where elderly may be forced by discriminating against their choice in transportation.

9. TRANSPORTATION

9H. LOCAL BUS ROUTES & BUS RAPID TRANSIT

1. OBSERVATIONS: (present tense)

Existing bus travel is slow, unpredictable, unreliable and unpleasant.

Bus routes are too long and not consistently well-connected to each other or to other modes of transit, including local bus routes. Head times are too infrequent. Buses travel in vehicular lanes along with cars and are subject to the same traffic, making bus travel significantly slower than car travel, even on the same route as a car would take. Busses are not tracked, leaving long waiting times in unconditioned/unprotected waiting locations. Ridership is utilized primarily by those who have no other option.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

The current lack of well-functioning public transit options will continue to discourage most who can afford any other option away from bus transit, putting more traffic on congested roadways, particularly as the housing of the less affluent moves further away from employment centers.

RECOMMENDATIONS: (imperative tense)

Coordinate transportation planning (FDOT, county and municipal public works) with transit planning and operations. Establish priority lanes for buses on roads. Develop smart systems that coordinate traffic signals with buses, include GPS tracking and timetable updates. Public transit will be socialized, if this option was viable businesses would be doing so to earn a profit but Seven50 seeks to do this to not fulfill demand but to fulfill the demands of New Urbanists.

9J. VEHICULAR HIGHWAYS NORTH-SOUTH, EAST-WEST

1 OBSERVATION: (present tense)

An extensive network of highways and arterials connects the region in a large-scale grid (the “Ladder”); the rungs of this ladder are consistently congested. Though Seven50 says current transportation is not friendly to business and alleges that it is competitively inconvenient they now admit that South Florida is extensively and well-connected. They claim the lack of connectivity is a problem that Seven50 must address.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Increasing population growth and expansion of highway systems without well-designed transitions will add more congestion to highways. Consequences of such traffic congestion will include: continued frustration of existing residents; regional disincentives of business investment; further monetary segmentation of the population (as wealthy people pay more for priority lanes, leaving the less affluent with longer commute times); greater environmental consequences of traffic pollution. Widening roads will continue to add to traffic accidents and slower and less pleasant driving experiences. The assault on capitalism and choice continues. Priority lanes arose because consumer demand dictated that some will pay for quicker access. Driving along the priority lanes in South Florida one will see vehicles and people from across the spectrum though Seven50 tries to wage class-warfare by insinuating that only wealthy can afford a quarter to two dollars to ride in the priority lanes. Seven50 also shows the preferences of the few involved in the Seven50 plan by indicating that all will feel driving is less pleasant. Many people like the multiple lanes on highways that they choose to drive on. Widening roads could decrease congestion and make accidents fewer though Seven50 alleges that alleviating congestion could increase accidents.

RECOMMENDATION: (imperative tense)

Provide convenient, well-managed public transit, such as rail and bus rapid transit, to relieve congestion on highways and high-speed thoroughfares connecting distant locations. Remove local traffic from distance routes by providing many convenient transit options in urban areas. Remove choice from the market by subsidizing businesses which cannot compete and for which there is not sustaining demand. Another takeaway is that is Seven50 is forced upon South Florida investing in rail would be smart as one could ride the crony-capitalist profit boom.

 

Prioritize rapid transit bus lane creation (see bus rapid transit)

2. OBSERVATION: (present tense)

Vehicular highways follow population growth. They are moving westward and growing wider.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Several counties, such as Monroe and Broward, are already fully developed, and additional population will be accommodated primarily through redevelopment.

RECOMMENDATION: (imperative tense)

Review all roadway expansion projects and expenditure of public funds against County comprehensive plans. Do not move forward with plans, even if approved, if they are not consistent with future needs. Important to note that the new Seven50 bureaucracy will choose not to move forward with plans that are approved at the local level, taking representation and authority away from municipalities and representative governing authorities.

Focus expenditure on areas with greatest concentration of population or future employment/business centers. Push tax dollars into the coffers of the chosen crony businesses and special interests who lobby Seven50 and the like for the right to profit unfairly through force rather than consumer demand. Money taken away from consumers and allocated to crony corporations will result in less resources available to honest companies who compete for consumer demand. The taking away of resources from the consumer will allow less expendable income and hurt the standard of living. Seven50 is showing itself to be a Plan for Poverty.

Particularly where counties are fully developed, focus mobility planning on establishing an effective system of public transit.

3 OBSERVATION: (present tense)

Current standards for highway and road design do not work for urban areas.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Existing standards are related to a minimum speed standards and are not designed for the character and activity levels of urban areas. When in urban areas, these thoroughfares quickly become interrupted and congested.

RECOMMENDATION: (imperative tense)

Adopt standards for thoroughfares within urban areas that allow for: smaller block sizes, an interconnected street network (that alleviates traffic by allowing multiple routes); tighter turning radii; wider sidewalks; convenient pedestrian crossings; bike and alternate transit lanes; public transportation locations, including pick-up and drop-off stations; intelligent traffic light and transit systems. Redesigning existing communities where local authorities and residents have chosen means that are in-congruent with the Seven50 “master” plan.

 

Assess opportunities for roundabouts and unsigned intersections, which may move urban traffic more safely and fluidly than signals and are not compromised by power failures in storms.

Establish design standards for where regional “Ladder” highways that enter and exit urban areas.

4 OBSERVATION: (present tense)

Regional highways are vulnerable to sea level rise. Sea level rise is merely a theory that is not accepted as fact. They continue to use sea level rise as a reason for Seven50 to take decision making away from local government and give it to unelected bureaucrats who are aligned with special interests.

DISCUSSION: (future tense)

Highways, including the US1 connection through Monroe County, will be subject to increased flooding and in some cases inundation as sea level rises. Again with the sea level rise Malthusian fears. Remember the fears of overpopulation decades ago?

RECOMMENDATION: (imperative tense)

Prioritize the raising and protection of Highways vulnerable to sea level rise that are critical to evacuation.

Review all State and federal funding for highway improvements for consistency with County and Regional comprehensive plans, even if previously approved.

Seven50 will usurp again local control for planning based upon the preferences of federal agencies, Seven50 members and crony companies.

Conclusion:

Seven50 is a Plan for Poverty that will cripple economic growth, limit economic opportunity by implementing crony-capitalist policies to subsidize industries/sectors and companies favored by the Seven50 agenda. As a result the economy will be worse off because of Seven50. Resources will be allocated into areas for which there is not demand or economic support. This will hurt all businesses as consumers will the money they have and would spend voluntarily in other businesses due to the subsidization of those who are in Seven50’s good graces. Futhermore, Seven50 will fight to ensure that their favored cronies receive windfall profits from the subsidies by blocking plans and decisions that have already been approved at their respective level.

Further, Seven50 ignores a feature of life in South Florida that attracts people to move into the area. Low taxes compared to other states. With all of these projects proposed by Seven50 tax rates could rise so high to discourage people from relocating to South Florida making many of the scary scenarios laid out in Seven50 a moot point. See http://www.howmoneywalks.com/

Seven50 is a subsidy scheme for special interests.

Governmental subsidy systems promote inefficiency in production and efficiency in coercion and subservience, while penalizing efficiency in production and inefficiency in predation.- Murray Rothbard

The compassion of Seven50 is seeking to promote rail and local food will be be financed by taxpayers whose representation has been voided through the establishment of new organizations thru Seven50. Seven50 is using tax resources to create a plan for allocating more tax resources to areas of their preference rather than consumer preference.

henry hazlitt subsidy tax

Seven50

Seven50 and All Aboard Florida have been recipients of tax money through the HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative yet neither is actually sustainable.

Sustainability advocates tell us: 1) that resources are limited, 2) that we are too inefficient for our own good, 3) that a unelected governing authority needs to decide what is the best allocation of our land, property and resources for us, 4) and thus lead everyone to prosperity with their ideas of sustainable development.

Still unmentioned today, 26 years later, is: 1) who decides what is and is not sustainable, 2) on what logical basis sustainability is calculated, 3) and exactly whose ‘good’ is considered for benefit.

The core of “sustainable development” is the notion of disciplining the consumption of consumers and producers. It consists of a self-appointed elite forcing needs and abilities of people against their will. But, needs and abilities cannot be determined arbitrarily by others; rather, it is derived by each individual according to their own unique, subjective valuation system. A central authority trying to determine the subjective valuation of other individuals consists of misallocation of resources (the same one’s we’re told to conserve) and market distortions (below market interest rates, industry specific stimulus) that inflate price bubbles (housing, commodity, stocks) causing an erosion of wealth.

I refuse to support the Seven50 plan and it's efforts to which usurp local and representative authorities decision-making and dictate the decisions with disregard to property rights.

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