Ask the Governor
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00082134/00012
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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: March 11, 1962
Subjects / Keywords: Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Florida -- 1951-   ( lcsh )
Genre: serial   ( sobekcm )
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Transcript of ASK THE GOVERNOR

As taped for radio release the week of
March 11, 1962 ,

It's time to "Ask the Governor", when Governor Far* is /

Bryant answers questions based on letters and comments received-- a

from Florida citizens.

QUESTION: Governor, conservation is a subject much in

the news these days. Many citizens have indicated in their letters

to you that they are vitally concerned with it. Some specific

questions call for your views on the filling in of bay bottoms for

new residential developments.

GOVERNOR: John, that is one of the matters that this

administration has been looking at very carefully, and we have

made a number of changes in policies and procedures that I think

are helpful. First of all, we don't permit any filling at all

except within the bulkhead lines which have first been set by the

local governmental authority and then are approved by the State

Trustees of the Internal Improvement Fund. That assures, first

of all, that we have an orderly development and then we don't

permit that filling unless the Board of Conservation has reviewed

the matter and agrees that this can be done without any significant

damage to marine life or fish life or anything of that kind. We

have to be very concerned about this because fishing and marine

life generally are one of the great attractions for Florida and

we must preserve the areas in which these can be propagated. In

addition to this we receive by letter and some people send their

attorney or come up themselves and we always listen to them --

complaints from people about the notices that they have received

of proposed fillings. And whenever this is done we evaluate their

complaints to be sure that when a filling is accomplished that it

serves the public interest and does not do any unnecessary damage

to those people who live in the area.

QUESTION: In the handling of state-owned lands the

property is not necessarily bay-bottoms but other lands that are

held by the state. When you lease them or sell them is it your

thought that the state is receiving sufficient money for the worth

of this land?


GOVERNOR: No it isn't; We have been working on that

problem and have made some improvements.. Historically an appraisal

has been required for many land sales or the approach has been

taken, well, we sold some land near here for so much an acre last

year and therefore we will get that much this year. Or, well, this

seems like a fair bid this man has made so we will accept it. But

we don't do that anymore. First of all, we require an appraisal by

a qualified appraiser in the field and then if we are not satisfied

with that appraisal we send our own staff people out. We use

aerial photographs and, of course, the members of the Trustees and
the Board of Education/own most of this land themselves,.have a wide

knowledge of economic conditions and land values in Florida, and

among the five of us that are sitting around the table there, we

usually have one or more of us that is familiar with the particular

piece of property involved. And all of these things go to assist

us in arriving at a value that is consistent with our interests.

QUESTION: Governor, it is popular to speak and write

about protecting the public interest in land matters as well as

in other Cabinet level actions. We have a correspondent who wonders

what you define as public interest when you approach these problems?

GOVERNOR: Well, I have never worked out philosophically

just what a 'public interest' is. I try, though, in sitting on

these problems or any problems that come before me, to identify

myself with the state's interests. If there is a piece of land

involved or whatever is involved, I try to approach it from a

standpoint of: "If this were mine, or if this were my problem, or

what would be my answer to it?". Of course, when you are dealing

with the state there are other considerations. That is to say,

there is that broad thing called the 'general welfare.' Then there

are considerations of mercy and humanity and justice generally that

must be applied when you are deAling with .a balance of power that

the state has which an individual does not have. But the effort

always is to see to it that the broad interest of the people of

Florida is served.

Thank you, sir. If you have a question of general

interest you would like Gover6ib Bryant to answer on this program,

jot it down on a post card and send it to "Abk 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

next week when again we "Ask the Governor."