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Steve Seibert steps into the Tigers’ Den

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Florida’s being paved over by developers! It’s a refrain often heard in the debates on how development in the Tampa Bay area will occur. Steve Seibert was a well liked and admired Pinellas County Commissioner before being asked by Governor Jeb Bush to lead the State’s Department of Community Affairs, which oversees development and environmental issues. Since leaving that post in 2007, he has become Executive Director of Florida’s Century Commission, created to advise the Governor and Legislature on how the State can achieve a sustainable future. Yet can this man, who sits on the board of directors of Mosaic, a $6 billion dollar phosphate/fertilizer company based in Minnesota, see a way to give developers and industry a way to profitably use their lands while not destroying Florida’s natural resources? What does he think of the effort to dismantle Hillsborough County’s environmental protection agency, and the Legislature’s desire to abolish the DCA itself as an unneeded and inefficient barrier to development? Can the developer lions really lie down with the environmentalist lambs? Join your fellow tigers to find out!

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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