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Is Gov. Scott's Affordable-Housing Proposal For The Keys A Fix Or A Problem?

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Al Diaz
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Miami Herald
Hurricane Irma destroyed about 1,100 buildings throughout the Keys, not including trailers.

The state is preparing a 1,300-unit rescue to the affordable housing crisis that has gripped the Florida Keys but, to make it happen, it has had to bend some rules that planners say may only make the problem worse.

The governor and Cabinet are expected to hear a report Wednesday on a plan by the governor's Department of Economic Opportunity to allow the development of multi-family housing units for working people throughout the Keys.

But instead of considering the affording housing units as replacement housing for the 4,000 homes destroyed or significantly damaged by Hurricane Irma, DEO is leap-frogging the strict growth-planning process and adding the new housing to the growth capacity of the fragile island chain.

Read more at our news partner, the Miami Herald