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Public policymakers are portrayed in the media and by recent events as abandoning the growth management policies, and the budgetary policies, that enabled Florida to confront three decades of surging growth. While planners were recognizing
that the growth paradigm was shifting before the recession, it is the recession that demonstrated that accommodating sprawl was a failed policy. As planners then acted towards a smarter growth program, countering political forces acted otherwise, abandoning sound planning, engineering, and investment strategies for chimeras. We have been here before. Florida's Fellows will describe events when planners stood for the public good, in adverse political climates.