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The resolution passed with a vote of 3 to 2 thanks to help from South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard, who told the Orlando Sentinel that he's pushed for just the sort of split that Harris proposed for the last 15 years, but just never put together a formal proposal. "It's very apparent that the attitude of the northern part of the state is that they would just love to saw the state in half Black Air Force 1 High Top
ng to South Miami Vice Mayor Walter Harris who drafted and proposed the resolution the push for the split is for safety, and not political, reasons: Sea levels are Air Force 1 Suede Grey projected to rise by 3 to 6 feet by the end of this century due to climate change, and land in South Florida, particularly along coastal areas, is situated precariously above sea level with some areas just five feet or less above sea level. Sea levels in Florida have already risen by around a foot since 1880, so the precedent is there, too. 319 away from the state of Georgia. And Harris feels that the northern locale of Florida's capital plays a critical role in what he sees as the state legislature's failure to address sea level concerns in South Florida. "We have to be able to deal directly Nike Air Force 1 White High Top
and just let us float off into the Caribbean," Mayor Stoddard said. "They've made that abundantly clear every possible opportunity and I would love to give them the opportunity to do that. "Instead of sawing the state in half, the proposal calls for the southernmost (sort of) 24 of Florida's current 67 counties to break away from the northernmost 43 to form the state of South Florida. Brevard, Orange, Polk, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties would form the proposed border between North Florida and South Florida, taking the city proper of Tampa and the city proper of Orlando along with it. (Though the move would break apart Tampa and Orlando's metro areas, which would certainly complicate the matter.
)Economically speaking, the move might be sustainable, given that, as the proposal notes, those 24 counties generate 69 percent of the current state's tax revenue. But the technicalities don't really matter in the grand scheme of things. The proposal has to be approved by the governing bodies of the 24 counties that would make up the state of South Florida, and even if it is, the proposal would then have to pass a state electoral vote and then be approved by Congress. Strangely, this Grey Nike Air Force
with this environmental concern and we can't really get it done in Tallahassee," Harris told the Tampa Tribune. "If ever there were a situation that warranted the separation of North and South Florida, this is it. "Harris wasn't the only one on board with the proposal.
isn't the first time a part of Florida has tried to break away from the state. As the Tampa Tribune points out, Key West tried to split from the rest of Florida back in 1982 in order to form the "Conch Republic," which only really resulted in the de facto adoption of the name "Conch" to describe residents of Key West. As for the current proposal, Caroline Mala Corbin, a constitutional law scholar at the University of Miami, told the T.
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