Cynthia Barnett Co-Authors Article on the Effects of Florida’s Continued Growth and Rising Seas
Cynthia Barnett, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and Bob Graham Center for Public Service Environmental Journalist-in-Residence, is the co-author of “DeSantis Has a Chance to Manage Florida’s Growth Wisely and Protect Its Environment” published in the Tampa Bay Times on Nov. 26.
The article, co-authored by Barnett and Bob Graham Center for Public Service Director David Colburn, focuses on Florida Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis’ “unparalleled opportunity to rally Floridians and the business community to face the state’s growth-related challenges.” As population growth continues to surge and sea rise from climate change increases, they believe Floridians must work together to take on this daunting task.
They ask, “Will DeSantis sidestep growth, letting Florida continue to develop haphazardly in ways that put quality of life and natural treasures at risk? Or will he step into the shoes of governors such as [Jeb] Bush, [Bob] Graham and [Reubin] Askew to bring lawmakers from both parties, science and policy leaders, local governments and citizens together to address the big ’questions of excellence‘ for all Floridians?”
The authors believe that “progress won’t be easy or rapid. But with sustained commitment and willingness to listen and learn from all sides, Gov. DeSantis can return Florida to its stature as a national leader in shaping growth that benefits both people and our state’s gorgeous, but ailing, environment.”