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Experts work to balance Palm Beach County's development with the environment

Posted at 9:15 AM, Nov 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-02 04:06:56-04

Florida is the third most populous state. A population of roughly 21 million people and growing. University of Florida researchers project the state will reach roughly 26 million by 2040.

In a fast-paced world, there’s more people and more growth. That’s good for business, but does keeping up with growth infringe on our paradise?

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“Basically I woke up and said, 'Wow this is really bad,' ” said Jessica Gray with Boca Save Our Beaches.

She sees a problem here as we continue to develop. “Not necessary to build on the water if it’s predicted to be underwater in a hundred years,” said Gray.

University of Florida researchers predict Palm Beach County population will come close to two million people by 2040.

“Keep building and building,” said Gray. She worries about wildlife.

Local architects say there are good ways and bad ways to develop.

Rick Gonzalez with REG Architects in downtown West Palm Beach has a new project for Northwood. “Variety of housing, more compact ways of living,” said Gonzalez.

He says in Palm Beach County, it’s about developing with less sprawl and making it easier to get around by walking. “We need to save paradise and how do we save paradise? Continue to do smart growth, smart planning, walkable communities, walkable centers,” said Gonzalez.

He says that is one of several ways we can maintain our paradise.