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Rep. Patronis is developers' go-to man for loosening environmental rules

Every year during the Legislative session in Tallahassee, state Rep. Jimmy Patronis does two things:

He organizes a day for everyone to wear seersucker suits. And he pushes a bill to change Florida’s environmental regulations, like the one that passed the House last week blocking local governments from protecting thousands of acres of wetlands.

Patronis, R-Panama City, is the man who gives environmental activists nightmares — a charming and savvy lawmaker convinced that Florida would be better off if government would get out of the way and let businesses boost the economy.

“I can’t say enough good things about him,” said Frank Matthews, who lobbies on behalf of developers, phosphate miners, boat manufacturers, sugar growers, power companies and a garbage company. “He couldn’t be more accommodating. That’s the appealing thing to me.” More from Tampa Bay Times' Craig Pittman here.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/04/28/3369448/lawmaker-at-odds-with-environmentalists.html#storylink=cpy


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Can't take anymore

The goobers in Pannyma City have cursed Florida with two of the worst in politics. This bird, Jimmy Patronis, is doing his best to ruin the state from the comfort of his family's restaurant. The other is Congressman Steve Southerland (R-Teabagggerland) who is ruining the country from the comfort of his family funeral home. At least Bob Graham's daughter is going to probably unseat Southerland in 2014. Patronis is in office for life unless God or a grand jury intervene.

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