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Martin County, FL Approving Rural Development

Arterial intersections around Martin County, Florida may soon see 7-11s and gas stations as county officials prepare a new growth plan.

Opponents say that "...the amended plan will open the west to Broward County-style sprawl, taxing the county's ability in the future to plan and pay for roads, water and sewer services.

'If they had said a half-acre for a 7-Eleven, a lot of people would not have blinked,' said Donna Melzer, a former county commissioner and chairwoman of the Martin County Conversation Alliance. 'But you can get a lot onto 5 acres.'"

Full Story: Pro-growth changes stoke fears of sprawl

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