VETO SB 410

Saving Special Places • Building Better Communities

Updated April 29, 2020

ACTION NEEDED!

As of April 29 SB 410 has not yet been transmitted to the Governor for his action, so your input is still needed.  Please sign the petition urging Gov. DeSantis to VETO SB 410

Please also consider contacting Gov. DeSantis personally with the same message to VETO SB 410:

• Phone him at 850-717-9337

• Email him at GovernorRon.DeSantis@eog.myflorida.com

• Mail him at Gov. Ron DeSantis, The Capitol, 400 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

Citizen calls to Gov. DeSantis requesting a veto of damaging SB 410 ARE MAKING A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE. While SB 410 has not yet been transmitted to the Governor, it could be at any time and we are concerned the legislation might be signed within hours of transmission. Please continue to make calls and send emails and letters to Gov. DeSantis, even if you have already done so in the past. Please also sign and share with your friends and associates 1000 Friends’ new VETO SB 410 petition.

Urge Gov. DeSantis to VETO SB 410 to protect Florida’s rural areas from development. SB 410 was intended to override county oversight for a few specific development projects but will unintentionally impact planning to protect rural lands in dozens of counties across Florida.  Let him know that SB 410 will:

• Undermine the authority of many county governments to protect rural areas from development, even if voters approved that protection
• Clear the way for high-density development in designated rural areas, such as the rural area approved by Seminole County voters in 2004
• Require every local government in Florida to include an unnecessary property rights element in its comprehensive plan which will be costly to prepare and unnecessarily duplicates already-existing state and federal laws
• Override county limits on development, subjecting our communities and natural lands and waters to damaging impacts

Your calls, emails and petition signing are extremely important at this critical juncture. We understand this is a very challenging time for everyone and we appreciate whatever you can do to help.

BACKGROUND:

As noted in our March 18 veto letter to the Governor, SB 410 initially sought to alter Florida’s growth management statutes by requiring all local governments to include an element in their comprehensive plans regarding private property rights. This is a costly and unnecessary mandate for local governments, given the existing, strong protections for private property rights in our federal and state constitutions and state law.

But during the last days of the session amendments on the Senate floor were added that would significantly worsen the bill. With those amendments, SB 410 would curtail the authority of most county governments to manage growth within their borders, making residents more vulnerable to negative impacts to their environment, quality of life, property values and tax bills. The amended bill would allow county controls to be superseded by municipalities. It could clear the way for high-density development in designated rural areas, such as the rural area approved by Seminole County voters in 2004.

To make matters worse, SB 410 is unconstitutional, because the Florida Constitution requires charters, not state law, to specify which ordinances prevail in the event of a conflict between a county and municipality. And finally, overriding county limits on development will subject local waterways and other critical resources to more damage.

As we argued in our veto letter, voters in charter counties have already decided that the best way to protect their natural resources and promote sustainable communities is through land use policies that are implemented thoughtfully by their county leaders rather than dictated by someone else. SB 410 jeopardizes the will of voters in charter counties and in counties that seek to adopt a charter that contains land use policies. Thwarting the will of voters will invite litigation, and citizens will get stuck with the bill.

For all these reasons, please join us in urging Governor DeSantis to veto SB 410!

We appreciate your support on this and so many other critical issues facing Florida.