Gov. Bush signs Everglades bill, affecting doc stamps and development approvals
Now, anyone challenging a building permit must show that they are directly affected by the permit approval. Should any environmental group wish to protest a development, they must have 25 members living within the county where the project is being considered, and the group must have been incorporated for at least one year.
Because of the development amendment, not all environmental groups approved of the plan, even though it will pump $100 million into
Gov. Bush, however, says he agreed to sign the bill based on an understanding that the new lawsuit limitations do not close all avenues of protest for local communities, adding that most lawsuits are filed under a separate section of existing law. "The bill simply will not prevent many citizens or organizations from filing third-party challenges to agency actions," Bush says.
While the real estate industry will feel no change from a doc stamp provision included in the new law, it does change the way the state allocates existing doc stamp revenue. The bill authorizes no new doc stamp taxes, but it does earmark a portion of existing doc stamp taxes to pay back, over time, the money raised through bonds. Other funds used to pay back the bonds will come out of general revenue.
While the development amendment has stolen some of the spotlight, the