Rep. Byrd and Sen. Bean Accused of Creating A Chilling Effect

Associated Industries of Florida, a Tallahassee lobby that filed the amendments to SB-324 and it’s House counterpart, on behalf of Raydient according to Nassau County Commissioners – issued a press release today stating their opposition to amendments filed in the House of Representatives and Florida Senate by State Representative Cord Byrd and State Senator Aaron Bean that include strike-all language to remove provisions in the bill that the Nassau County Commissioners claim would put Nassau County taxpayers on the hook for $50-70 million dollars.

According to the statement received by Nassau Politics this evening from the AIF the amendments filed would “have a chilling effect on future economic growth and job expansion.”

The “AIF represents a wide variety of landowners, as well as business and economic development issues throughout the 67 counties of Florida. Consistent with state statutory growth management policy to encourage economic growth in counties that adopt sector plans, AIF has promoted provisions currently in SB 324 and HB 697..” according to the press release.

Raydient has recently established a Facebook page titled “Raydient Communities” and fielded questions from local citizens who weren’t thrilled with the idea. During the debate Raydient denied being behind the provisions in the amendments that are causing the tension.

Through their Facebook page in response to a comment from a Nassau County citizen they stated, “The amendments were not proposed by Rayonier / Raydient. Sometime last fall, we became aware of an effort to draft potential amendments that are now a part of SB 324. When the language was being drafted by the multiple parties interested in it including legislative committees, we reviewed it and confirmed that we were supportive. Specifically, we were and remain interested in the provision establishing a reasonable time frame for local governments to act upon applications for new development. In our view, this is a fairness issue, any entity spending large amounts of time and money anywhere in Florida on a proposal to invest capital should be given the courtesy of fair and timely consideration.”

The contents of the entire press release from the Associated Industries of Florida are listed below:

For Immediate Release
Monday, February 26, 2018

Contact
Kristen Bridges, kristen@bascomllc.com, 850.545.1917

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) today released the following statement attributed to its President & CEO Tom Feeney regarding its opposition to amendments, recently filed by Representative Cord Byrd and Senator Aaron Bean, to Impact Fees legislation moving in the Florida House and Senate.

“AIF represents a wide variety of landowners, as well as business and economic development issues throughout the 67 counties of Florida. Consistent with state statutory growth management policy to encourage economic growth in counties that adopt sector plans, AIF has promoted provisions currently in SB 324 and HB 697, which among other matters, assure local governments don’t unreasonably extract property and taxes from landowners.

“AIF opposes any amendment to remove the protection of the rights of property owners from unreasonable county extractions on mandates by counties that now have or adopt sector plans in the future.
“After consulting with numerous interests that may be impacted by current or future sector plans, AIF requested that Legislators file proposals now included in SB 324 and HB 697. The language was publicly filed in the Senate on January 26 and debated three days later.

“Amendments by Representative Byrd, in the House, and Senator Bean, in the Senate, would have a chilling effect on future economic growth and job expansion throughout Florida, and AIF opposes any such efforts to remove property protections and economic growth incentives that are now in the bill.”
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One Reply to “Rep. Byrd and Sen. Bean Accused of Creating A Chilling Effect”

  1. Janice Platt

    My thoughts on SB324 and HB697:
    If these bills are passed, it is my opinion that there is going to be a “chilling effect” on each and every Florida county’s ability to have any oversight on special sector developments in their community. I think making the taxpayers responsible for providing parks and recreational areas inside private developments is just the beginning. I imagine their are future bills in the works that will require taxpayers to fund all infrastructure in private developments and the local governments will have no say in the matter.

    All local governments in the state of Florida WAKE UP!!! A can of worms is being opened that will effect all of you.

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