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By Henry A. Stephens
December 17, 2013
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — South Florida planners ought to change the Seven50 regional plan’s name now that the three Treasure Coast counties are dropping out, Indian River County commissioners said Tuesday.
Indian River and St. Lucie commissioners have opted out of the proposed regional plan, and Martin County commissioners voted Tuesday to do so when their federal grant runs out Feb. 22.
The name, Seven50, was supposed to mean a 50-year vision for the seven counties in southeast Florida: Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River.
Some Indian River commissioners suggested the name Four50 for the remaining member counties. But Commissioner Bob Solari wanted something more direct.
“It should be called ‘HUD’s One America Forever Plan,’ ” he said.
That’s because the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which provided the planning grants, also used its own values, Solari argued, rather than those of local governments.
Solari and other opponents have said HUD would gradually use Seven50, and similar plans nationwide, to replace local planning with a single national system.
In a 4-to-1 vote, with Chairman Peter O’Bryan dissenting, commissioners asked County Attorney Dylan Reingold to return Jan. 7 with a formal resolution requesting the name change from the Treasure Coast and South Florida regional planning councils.
Marcela Camblor-Cutsaimanis, Seven50’s project director, said the name wouldn’t be changed as long as the effort is supported by groups within all seven counties, such as the cities of Sebastian, Port St. Lucie or Stuart.
WHO’S IN, WHO’S OUT
Governmental agencies that have opted out of the Seven50 regional plan:
Indian River County Commission, School Board and Metropolitan Planning Organization City of Vero Beach and town of Indian River Shores
St. Lucie County Commission
Martin County Commission (as of Feb. 22)
Governmental agencies still in the Seven50 regional plan:
The Treasure Coast and South Florida regional planning councils
Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties and their cities Cities of Fellsmere, Sebastian, Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie and Stuart Indian River State College
St. Lucie County School Board, Transportation Planning Organization and Economic Development Council
Martin County Municipal Planning Organization, Economic Development Council and Children’s Service Council