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John M. DeGrove, called Florida's "father of growth management," is dead at 87

John M. DeGrove, described by some as the "father of growth management," died Friday at age 87. Photo courtesy of 1000 Friends of Florida. 16-4-12

John M. DeGrove, who was sometimes called Florida's "father of growth management," died Friday. He was 87.

DeGrove was secretary of the Florida Department of Community Affairs from 1983 to 1985, when the Legislature passed the Growth Management Act and the state comprehensive plan. He also was a founding member of 1000 Friends of Florida and was named president emeritus of the growth management advocacy group.

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