1000 Friends of Florida

An aerial view of the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville's Downtown campus.
Jacksonville Daily Record

As local governments throughout Florida move forward with land use and development decisions via virtual meetings amid the coronavirus pandemic, some residents and advocacy organizations worried about public engagement are calling for a temporary pause to proceedings.

Ryan Ketterman / Visit Jacksonville

Environmental groups and local governments are sounding the alarm about Florida legislative proposals that would change how new development is planned.

The most wide-ranging measure is heading to the House floor.

John Moran

Environmentalists unhappy with Florida lawmakers are vowing to keep fighting over this year’s lack of funding for land acquisition under the state’s Water and Land Conservation Amendment.

The activist group — 1000 Friends of Florida — said Wednesday it plans to make conservation funding a priority in the 2018 legislative session.

A key component of the strategy involves mobilizing the citizenry, says the group’s Ryan Smart.

Florida 2070

Northeast Florida is projected to have the state’s second-largest population growth over the next 50 years, according to a new study.

First Coast development is also expected to be among the most sprawling.

But the study’s authors say that prediction doesn't have to come true.

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