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Amendment 4 is a proposed citizen's amendment to the Florida Constitution, sponsored by Florida Hometown Democracy, a non-partisan, grass-roots group. It will be on the statewide ballot on November 2, 2010. Amendment 4 will give you a new vote on your community's future.

Every Florida community has a master land-use plan, called the local comprehensive plan. Unfortunately, corporations and speculators pump money into campaigns, and politicians hand them approvals to build wherever they want.

Voters need a seat at the table. We're the ones who watch tax dollars go to extend the police, fire, water, sewer, schools and roads to new developments. Is a new development worth it? We should get a vote before we're forced to pay.

Our homes and communities are too important to leave in the hands of politicians, lobbyists hired by developers, and special interests. Together, we can stop rubber-stamped approvals that clog roads, crowd schools, and wreck natural areas. If we all vote yes on Amendment 4, we can take power back for the people.
Columns
Charlotte County plan imperils Manasota Key
By Eric Ernst
HeraldTribune.com
Sunday, August 8, 2010
 
Manasota Key as we know it is in danger, and not from the infamous oil spill. Charlotte County government has mounted its own threat...
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Letters To The Editor
Support for Amendment 4
By Kathy Marsh, Gainesville
AlachuaCountyToday.com
August 08, 2010
 
In response to the Alachua County Today article on Amendment 4 that ran last week, I’d like to explain why I support the measure... because I want a seat at the table – a chance to vote on how my home and my town are affected by growth. As a taxpayer, I deserve it...
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Letters To The Editor
Amendment 4's utility
By John Wesley White, Sarasota
HeraldTribune.com
Saturday, August 7, 2010
 
I appreciate the concerns raised by guest columnists Dan and Charlie Bailey about Amendment 4 to the Florida Constitution. They are very knowledgeable about land-use law and have responsibly represented development interests… While raising concerns and identifying hypothetical problems, they did not address the other side of the equation...
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Letters To The Editor
Why should you vote for Amendment 4 in November?
By Mary Gehring, Ocala
 Ocala.com
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 
 
Do you wish Ocala to become another Orlando or Miami, with suburbs and sprawl covering our lovely horse farms, and polluting our beautiful springs, rivers and lakes?...
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Op-Ed
Break up the politician-developer cabal
By Gary Borse, Ocala
Ocala Star-Banner
Sunday, August 1, 2010
 
Our way of life is in jeopardy through the actions of the county commissioners who are not working in the general public's best interest, but for their developer friends who fill their bank accounts with campaign contributions for rezoning favors and fat county contracts for roads, fire stations, jails and parks...
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Op-Ed
You'll be happy to vote for Amendment 4; it could save your community from influence-peddlers
By Ed Candela
TCPalm.com
Saturday, July 31, 2010

If people could rely on elected officials to actually represent their constituents instead of special interests, there would be no need for Florida Hometown Democracy Amendment 4...
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Columns
St. Petersburg's cynical plan to thwart Amendment 4
By Howard Troxler
St. Petersburg Times
Thursday, July 29, 2010

With St. Petersburg's final decision not until September, let's take another look at that city's attempt to thwart Amendment 4...

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Letters To The Editor
Don't believe attacks on Amendment 4
By Jane Padgett, Green Cove Springs
Clay Today
July 22, 2010
 
Don't believe attacks on Amendment 4...I am writing in reference to a recent guest column denouncing Florida Hometown Democracy Amendment 4, which will appear on the November ballot...
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