January 17, 2020
Peter Moore, P.E., F.ASCE, ENV SP, LEED AP
President, Chen Moore and Associates
Last week: My family shopped at Searstown when they moved to Broward in the 1950’s. I’ve had cars fixed and bought corduroys there. But to see the number of “experts” weigh in on what that potential development would require to me is a bit crazy. I’m not affiliated with the development, but the “experts” within our readership need to understand how development works. Developers already do studies to show traffic and utility impacts. They already pay impact fees that pay for additional capacity which also pays for repairs to the existing system. Broken infrastructure is terrible, but development actually helps the problem.
Looking ahead: Next week, I’ll be taking the leadership of my firm on a retreat to “recession proof” our company as the possibility of an economic slowdown grows. I’ve read dozens of articles and recently heard in person the improving outlook of the economy of the State of Florida. Right now, the deficit for the state could be made up by either signing an agreement with the Seminole Tribe OR agreeing to tax internet sales. Doing both would be a windfall for the State. Let’s keep our eye on the ball as we review budgets and appropriations.