Trying to Understand the Structure of the SFWMD within Government, St Lucie River/Indian River Lagoon

Most important information regarding SFWMD. They couldn’t have helped to buy the land if they wanted because that power was taken away. Amazing that they forget to tell us.

Jacqui Thurlow-Lippisch

Florida Statutes books on shelf. Public photo. Florida Statutes books on shelf. Public photo.

If there is one thing I have learned in my seven-year stint in local government, it is that for the public, the structure of government and how it works is unclear. In my opinion, this happens due to many reasons, but first and foremost is because government as a whole is terrible at being open and explaining itself, perhaps preferring to function behind a shroud of confusion. Also, governments’ sense of responsibility to communicate with the public is often nonexistent or skewed at best… plus communicating is expensive…This situation is compounded by the fact that every year there are new laws, and every few years new elected officials coming in….so the public is constantly having to “catch up.”

To make a point, let me give a simple example from the Town of Sewall’s Point, where I live and am a town commissioner. Prior…

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