Ask the Governor
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Title: Ask the Governor
Physical Description: nos. in : ; 36 cm.
Creator: Florida -- Governor (1961-1965 : Bryant)
Publisher: s.n.
Place of Publication: Tallahassee
Creation Date: January 1, 1962
Subjects / Keywords: Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Florida -- 1951-   ( lcsh )
Genre: serial   ( sobekcm )
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Transcript of ASK THE GOVERNOR Op

As taped for radio release the week of <
January 1, 1962

It's time to "Ask the Governor,' when Govern r arris

Bryant answers questions sent in by citizens from throu ut? Frida.

QUESTION-.: The first question concerns the recent Saturday

Evening Post article in which author Philip Wylie says, "Florida was

losing a priceless natural heritage through failure to control

drought problems by allowing developers to wipe out valuable trees

and brush in the name of land clearing and by failure to control

construction in areas adjacent to cities but without city building

standards." Several questions have come as to whether or not

anything is being done in these areas.

GOVERNOR: Well, let me say first of all, that I don't agree

with Mr. Wylie at all. I don't know what his source of information

is but he seems to be rather poorly informed about these matters. As

a matter of fact, Florida is doing a great deal to preserve its

priceless natural heritage through the controlling of drought

problems and flood problems too. The Central and South Florida Flood

program in which the state itself has put many millions of dollars

and which will cost us over three hundred million dollars before it

is finished, is one evidence of the work we are doing. The enactment

by the Legislature in 1961 of the Southwest Florida Flood Control

program is another evidence of this. The establishment of the

Conservation and Water Resources Program -- we are moving forward

very rapidly to do this. Then in the areas of land clearing, of

course, nobody can take away from individuals the right to develop

their own land provided it is consistent with zoning and other

regulations properly imposed. But we have a state-wide committee

studying and we have zoning committees working, and we have regulatory

groups and bodies everywhere that are doing everything that they can

to see to it that as Florida develops it maintains the beauty which

has made it remarkable.

I would like to remind Mr. Wylie and everybody else that

Miami, for instance, at one time was a very unattractive place of

scrub palms and alligators and it was developers that made it the

paradise and the beautiful place that it is today. It takes private


enterprise and developers to do these things and the government is

trying to do everything it can to make their work good and beneficial.

QUESTION: Governor, you made a recent inspection trip over a highway

in Duval County. A Jacksonville resident has written to ask just

exactly what trips of this sort mean to you.

GOVERNOR: Well, there isn't any way to grasp a problem of this kind

as well as by seeing what you are dealing with. A lawn on a map is

fine, but you need to drive along or fly over an area and see the

stores the filling stations, the motels and the general development;

you need to see whether you are going through slum housing or good

residential area. There are so many things you can tell by looking

with that in mind at a particular area that you can't tell any other

way. We have engineering reports, but I need to see for myself in

as many instances as I can. That's what these trips mean to me --

the privilege and the opportunity to see for myself.

QUESTION: On the subject of highways -- a question has come as to how

the projects to be included in the State Road Department budget in a

given year are determined.

GOVERNOR: Well, the Road Department conducts hearings in all the five

districts of the state. At each one of the district offices they

conduct hearings at which local representatives and Senators alnd

county commissioners and private citizens are invited to come in and

tell the Road Board members what, in their opinion, are the most

necessary roads in that district. And then other hearings are held

in Tallahassee. Our engineers make their reports. We have men doing

long-range planning, We, of course, have to correlate our activities

with the federal government, with the Federal Bureau of Public Roads,

and when all of these things are brought together then the Road Board

sits down to compile a plan for the entire state. Briefly, this is

the way its done and it is done once a year.

Thank you sir. If you have a question of general intar:zb

you would like Governor Bryant to answer on this program, jot it

down on a postcard and send it to "Ask the Governor" Governor's

Office, Tallahassee, or in care of this station, which has made

available this time in the public interest. Be with us again next

week when again we "Ask the Governor."