Jeb Bush: We have to do what counries like The Netherlands do
Former Gov. Jeb Bush offered some long-term leadership perspective for Florida to consider with hurricane preparation on television Wednesday morning, saying the state needs to look at expanding its toughest building codes, do more to discourage development in flood zones, and adopt “adaptive policies for land use.”
The latter point, made during Bush’s telephone appearance on the “Morning Joe” show on MSNBC, is a reference to the comprehensive systems of flood protection and disaster resiliance infrastructure in use elsewhere.
Bush also took a shot at the political advertisements that played across Florida television Wednesday afternoon and evening as Hurricane Michael devastated the central Panhandle. He said politicians need to “put their arms down.”
The two-term governor who oversaw the state’s responses to Hurricanes Charley, Francis, Ivan, and Jeanne, among others, primarily offered longer-term vision for Florida as hurricanes appear to be increasing in size, speed, intensity, and numbers. That’s especially true because the state’s population now tops 20 million and population growth is unlikely to slow, he offered.
“We need more adaptive policies for land use. If there’s going to be more storms, then we have to do what countries like The Netherlands do. We’re