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The 'Florida Growth Management Oral History Collection' holds interviews on the topic growth management. Interviews include a UF professor of architecture and a UF graduate research professor in environmental engineering; a banker; an Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior; a lobbyist for land developers; political advisors -- one of whom is considered a father of growth management law in Florida; and an executive in the St. Joe Company (and also, formerly, an executive of development arms at Disney).
These interviews cover a wide range of topics: growth management laws dating from the early 1970s; various comprehensive plans; the Zwick Report; water quality and beach erosion; media effect on environmental issues; planned urban communities such as Seaside and Celebration; land acquisition philosophy; various governors’ impact on growth management; taxes; and many other issues.
The 'Florida Growth Management Oral History Collection' is part of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program is an affiliated program of the University of Florida's Department of History. Its collections include approximately 4,000 interviews and more than 85,000 pages of transcribed material, making it the largest oral history archive in the South and one of the major collections in the country. The transcribed interviews are available for use by research scholars, students, journalists, genealogists, and other interested groups. Researchers have used our oral history material for theses, dissertations, articles, and books.
Digitization of the collection has been funded in part by the generous donation of Caleb and Michele Grimes.