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NY Times: In Florida, the seafood becomes less local

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The postcard Florida experience: sun, fun and plenty of local seafood. It was the latter that brought Gary and Vicki Haller from Kansas to Wahoo’s here last week, with its waterfront views, toucan colors and promise of fresh food “from our docks.” Managers at Wahoo’s in Islamorada, Fla., said that imported seafood was appropriately labeled “local” on the menu because it was supplied by a nearby distributor. “We live in cow country,” Mr. Haller said. “Here we eat fish.” But…

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Hometown Democracy amendment in trouble

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Most Floridians support the “Hometown Democracy” constitutional amendment but not in high enough numbers to pass the measure this fall, according to the fourth annual Sunshine State survey. The survey, released Wednesday, found that 51 percent of residents were in favor of the amendment, which would require local voter approval on all land-use development plans. The proposal needs 60 percent approval statewide for it to pass. The Leadership Florida 2010 Sunshine State survey was conducted Feb. 5-17 by The Nielson…

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