Some may remember a politically motivated proposal to split California into six separate states floated earlier this year. That was basically a proposal by a wealthy venture capitalist for the rich areas to take their ball and go home, leaving the poorer areas to fend for themselves. By last month, it had failed to collect enough signatures to make the 2016 ballot and most likely would have died on a national level, no matter what Californians decided, since it would require Congressional approval.
Now a similar proposal is being floated in Florida. And while some media has blown this up into another political food fight, given the historic rancor between its southern coastal cities and its more conservative north where the capital of Tallahassee is located, it actually has a more specific motivation.
The mayor and city commission of South Miami recently passed a resolutioncalling for the separation of Florida into two states, North Florida and South Florida. The vote was 3-2. It’s full of “whereases” but here’s the key one:
And you people in Tallahassee aren’t doing a DAMN thing about it! Ok, they didn’t put it quite like that.
“Whereas, South Florida’s situation is very precarious and in need of immediate attention. Many of the issues facing South Florida are not political, but are now significant safety issues; and Whereas, presently, in order to address the concerns of South Florida, it is necessary to travel to Tallahassee in North Florida. Often South Florida issues do not receive the support of Tallahassee. This is despite the fact that South Florida generates more than 69 percent of the state’s revenue and contains 67 percent of the state’s population …”
The resolution concludes that “The creation of the 51st state, South Florida, is necessary for the survival of the entire southern region of the current state of Florida.”
“It’s very apparent that the attitude of the northern part of the state is that they would just love to saw the state in half and just let us float off into the Caribbean,” South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard told the Orlando Sentinel. “They’ve made that abundantly clear at every possible opportunity and I would love to give them the opportunity to do that.”
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