SUN SENTINEL: In feud over Florida's environment, public interest should win

Sun Sentinel: Written by Sun Sentinel Editorial Board. December 11, 2017. 

In Florida politics, you can often tell a great deal about the worth of an issue by who’s against it and how loudly they’re yelling. Today’s example is a simple proposal before the Florida Constitution Revision Commission “to establish that every person has a right to a clean and healthful environment.” We think that’s a splendid idea, and not just because Florida’s biggest business lobbies are desperate to defeat it.

You judge.

This is what Proposal 23 says:

“The natural resources of the state are the legacy of present and future generations. Every person has a right to a clean and healthful environment, including clean air and water; control of pollution; and the conservation and restoration of the natural, scenic, historic, and aesthetic values of the environment as provided by law. Any person may enforce this right against any party, public or private, subject to reasonable limitations, as provided by law.”

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