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Critics: Proposal undermines 2011 law encouraging locals to make growth decisions

"We are adamant about preserving home rule," said Martin County Commissioner Sarah Heard. To illustrate the level of pollution, Heard brought a bottle of Indian River Lagoon water to the Capitol Jan. 15. Photo: Bruce Ritchie.

With four new members in 2013, the Martin County Commission set out to restore environmental protection policies that were changed by the former commission in 2009.

Two results are pending a legal challenge filed by agricultural landowners and two sections of HB 703, by Rep. Jimmy Patronis, R-Panama City, that would repeal some of those local policies. 

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