This decade, Florida, which was adding a population the size of Miami’s every year, still will add a population about the size of Orlando’s annually, with the smaller (but sustained) rate projected for the future -- growth, state officials believe, that will enable Floridians to provide sufficient services without undue stress on roads, schools, health facilities and the environment.
“Our growth, even in the Great Recession, never went below zero,” says Amy Baker, the Florida Legislature’s chief economist. “We didn’t have a dip, just a slowdown. So now we’re back to where we were.”
North Shore native and Pulitzer Prize winner David M. Shribman is executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.