In the past, the County Commission yielded to the development industry again and again.
At the height of the recession, thousands of those newly built homes sat empty, depressing the entire real estate market. Some developments were started back before 2008 and still sit empty with the skeleton of roads (and occasionally sidewalks) running through them.
Many of our fears from the early to mid 2000s proved to be true, development boomed and the population grew. But with the help of the IRNA, what made Indian River County special and unique did not change. However, in time, and without good growth management, our rural agricultural land will be transformed to housing and we will look like south Florida. This kind of development is starting up again, as the economy recovers. The by-products of this rampant growth are more water shortages, traffic, pollution, crime, gangs, drugs, rising taxes and housing costs, and diminished farmland, habitat and quality of life.