CAUCUS: Environmental Issues

A Guide to Environmental Issues


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Florida boasts a large and diverse workforce, global connections, and leadership in industries as varied as agriculture, aerospace, and life sciences. Going forward, we must plan effectively for our next 5 million residents by addressing needs for additional jobs, housing, transportation, water, energy, and other services. We also must prepare for a future marked by disruption and uncertainty.

Among these disruptions are a growing range of risks, including extreme weather events; sea level rise and other climate trends; and cross-border flows of invasive species. As we look toward 2030 and beyond, we have an opportunity to evaluate  Florida’s environmental permitting and local land use processes with a goal of moving Florida’s rating into the top quartile in the nation. To accomplish this, Florida must:

  • Ensure land use and environmental permitting processes allow essential, well-planned infrastructure projects and development initiatives to move forward in a timely manner, while protecting the human and built environment,
  • Enable essential infrastructure projects and development plans to advance in an efficient manner, balancing economic development opportunities with protection of environmental and community resources, and
  • Encourage communities and regions to participate in long range visioning activities that link economic development, land use, infrastructure, community planning, and environmental stewardship decisions.

For more information on preparing Florida’s environment for the uncertainties ahead, download the Florida 2030 Key Targets & Strategies by visiting



Florida Department of Environmental Protection


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