Florida Could Study Moving Capital From Tallahassee If Newly Filed Bill Passes

Florida could study moving the capital from Tallahassee to Central Florida.

Delray Beach Senator Kevin Rader filed legislation for the 2020 session calling for estimating what it costs for lawmakers and the public to travel to Tallahassee, and the impact moving away from there would have on Tallahassee’s economy. The cost to relocate to Central Florida would also be studied.

Rader filed similar legislation for 2019 that didn’t make it to committee hearings, and similar legislation also failed in 2018.

Florida’s population has seen a significant shift to the south and east since Tallahassee was named the capital in 1824. At the time, Pensacola and St. Augustine were the state’s two largest cities, and Tallahassee was chosen as a halfway point.

Miami is now the most heavily populated metro area in the state, and is a seven hour drive from Tallahassee.

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Anonymous

It will never happen, but honestly Florida should be cut into 2 states (North and South Florida). Tallahassee doesn’t care about South Florida or its problems, despite the fact that we’re the largest metro and tax revenue source in the state

Anonymous

Agree. Dividing line should be Ocala.

Anonymous

I like North and South Florida,,,, Ocala halfway point

Anonymous

Yeah, sure… in the meantime, tell Washington DC how a new flag of the USA should look to include the new star that you want to add.

Anonymous

just a 1/2 star … 😉

Anonymous

Three more stars Washington, Puerto Rico, and whatever they want to call the redneck republic north of Orlando

Anonymous

I don’t know about red neck but I can tell you they are one of the most respective people I know

Hi

Anonymous

“Respective”. What the hell is this? I’m glad you didn’t say ‘most educated’.

Anonymous

There are a ton of racists around Tallahassee

Anonymous

Racism isn’t only in Tallahassee it’s everywhere

Anonymous

You ain’t lying, racism is “everywhere.”

Suomynona

Your ignorance is showing.

suomynona

This is stupid.

Only dumb people say “Tallahassee this and Tallahassee that.”

YOUR representatives are from south Florida. There are SIGNIFICANTLY more south Florida and central Florida (Tampa, St. Pete, Orlando) representatives than there are north Florida representatives. South Florida *IS* represented. Now, if you feel your representatives aren’t doing enough for you, that is an entirely different discussion/problem altogether.

What is also stupid is moving the Capital. The cost alone makes it an awful idea. There are so many Departments, Bureaus, Agencies, Courts, etc, along with the actual Governor and State Congress that it would be an incredibly unnecessary waste of taxpayer dollars to create a brand new Capital from scratch.

Anonymous

It’s disingenuous to say that rural north Florida doesn’t have more political clout than they should… or doesn’t keep more of our taxes than they are entitled to.

Anonymous

It’s not disingenuous. It’s checks and balances, a basic pillar of American government so that California and New York don’t control the entire country, and a level down, Miami and Orlando don’t control Florida. Deal with it.

suomynona

Bull.

What’s disingenuous is to say “Tallahassee doesn’t care about south Florida.”

You’re mad you don’t get everything you want, but instead of blaming your LOCAL leaders and legislators, you blame the region of Florida with the LEAST amount of REPRESENTATION?! LMAO. Get out of here with that nonsense.

Only foolish people spout off about evil Tallahassee, and splitting the State into 2 new states. Cuckoo.

Anonymous

Gerrymandering to Keep Total Republican Control of the State.

Anonymous

Totally agree. However, I would divide it into Florida (we keep Orlando), West Alabama, and South Georgia.

Not Gene

You mean East Alabama.

Anonymous

That’s because South Florida is a different country.

Anonymous

What if we sold the land north of Ocala to GA and AL? This pays for the transfer.

Anonymous

Miami is the real capital of Florida.

Anonymous

U wish…

Anonymous

No Miami seems more like the capital of CUBA. or cesspool central. I grew up there. I watched it sink deeper and deeper into the septic tank. They could still clean it up, but city Democrats profit by controlling the slums.

Anonymous

“city Democrats profit by controlling the slums”

Don’t act like Donald Trump and just say anything, present your studies that proves what you’re saying.

POLO

Miami is to Florida what New York City is to the United States.

Anonymous

No. What New York City is to New York State.

Anonymous

2nd capital of Cuba you mean

Anonymous

Hialeah should be the obvious choice for the capital of the new state of South Florida!!! Dale!!

Anonymous

Yea baby! Hialeah is the tenth-largest city in the United States among cities with a population density of more than 10,000 people per square mile.

Anonymous

Knowing the government, they would probably set up the new capitol in some closed off suburban corporate-style campus instead of being in an actual city where it belongs. Good thing it will never happen though. Costs too much to move and many legislators from lower Florida enjoy going to Tallahassee and cheating on their spouses. Just ask Anitere Flores.

Anonymous

Wowwwww!!!!

Anonymous

Cut the state at SR 44 and make it two, north and south of that want to be run differently and have wanted this for years.

Anonymous

And then what becomes of all the government buildings in Tallahassee…

Anonymous

Exactly…..This is the least thing the government should be foucused on changing..

Anonymous

The government should be focused on laws that protect (us) the people who vote them in office ,,,and not get the a then SHIT on us

Anonymous

A MALL

Anonymous

Affordable housing.

Anonymous

There would be a ton of housing if the government left.

Anonymous

Affordable housing bad idea that would take money away from already Poor City to convert Office Buildings into housing

Anonymous

If you had to be housing,,housing for Veterans would be a great idea

Anonymous

Tallahassee is not the modern City of most Cities like Tampa, Miami, Orlando or Fort Lauderdale. Tallahassee has small town appeal and flavor. We live in peace. We are not a community that encourages or embraces large groups where violence is going to be present. We are an area that also, by the grace of God, avoids a lot of severe weather. I have never had to evacuate from here. I have never suffered severe damage to my home (thank God). Tallahassee is a safe place to live. To have two major universities, we have a relatively low crime rate. You can get anywhere in Tallahassee in probably less than 30 minutes except for rush hour times. We are not a fast based City but we are a beautiful, peaceful place where the Capital and legislative leaders can come and work together for the benefit of all Floridians! It would be costly and unnecessary for the CAPITOL to be moved!

Anonymous

Well said. I need to get up there and check it out. But, the perception from many of us who live here in the south is that the capital is out of touch with most of the state that provides the money to run the capital.

Dina

Yes it is! Also, controlled by a minority that is not welcoming nor accepting of anyone that sounds different than the so called natives who actually moved here running away from hispanics, not just Cubans or Mexicans as they tend to think all Hispanic population represents only these two groups. That being said, this makes no sense! Besides most if not all the lawyers in this beautiful city are in the pockets of at least one branch of government. I’d love to see theor responses and actions if this proceeds.

Anonymous

Sacramento, Albany, Springfield, Austin. Pretty common to have smaller cities as state capitals.

Anonymous

Well of course we should do what other states do because hoopity doo

Anonymous

Capital should be in Miami

Anonymous

Miami’s horrible. So is Orlando.

Anonymous

Sure drug capital of Florida just right for the government to make more money from their drug exchange

Anonymous

But, some people said that a “casino/s” will bring drugs and crime to Miami?

Anonymous

Complete waste of time, money and effort. Split the state instead and let North Florida join Alabama and Georgia. The capital of South Florida should be ____________.

Jim

Fort Lauderdale

Anonymous

Since you what the capital in a drug-infested and high crime rate city ,,,why not put it in Little Havana,,, so when the legislative session is in they can have easy access to their drug and prostitution

Jeff

I like the fact that FL is diverse from north to south, culturally and geographically. It would be too costly to move and with todays work@home type setups, not needed. Also it would severly damage the Tallahassee economy without good reason. However, the capital should have moved to Ocala, Clermont or Lakeland long ago.

Anonymous

if it not broke don’t fix it just leave things alone

Anonymous

What rock have you lived under? It’s beyond broke. North Florida can keep Orlando, south Florida can take Tampa. SPLIT THE STATE

Anonymous

Dividing line can be i4, north Florida can keep Orlando south Florida can take Tampa considering USF is in tamp it just makes sense. Everything will be balanced.

Anonymous

I agree. Central Florida is a MUCH better location. I vote for Orlando or Tampa.

305

TallaNASTY

Anonymous

I have lived all over Florida. I will take Tallahasse over Miami, Orlando, tampa and ft. Myers.

Anonymous

Ichoose Tallahassee dwad last on that list.

Anonymous

North Florida and South Florida if anything.

Anonymous

I like that!!!!

Anonymous

North and South Dakota are exactly the same yet they can be split in two. North FL and panhandle is nothing like Central and South Florida yet they get to share the same state? Give me a break. North and South Carolina are different but way more alike than South and North Florida…no way these 2 need to be sharing the same capital.

Anonymous

The rednecks in the GOP will never allow it.

Anonymous

Wasn’t the Democrap’s hero last election the mayor of Tallahassee? If it wasn’t for being the capital, it would look like Opa Locka.

Anonymous

When it comes to picking heroes, no one can out pick the last two kooks you Republicons chose for your presidential heroes.

Afi Keita James

like the democons are better? not in your life.

Anonymous

Yeah.. keep believing in your hero Trump to get Mexico to pay for his wall.

Anonymous

The south will rise again! MAGA

Anonymous

Sorry, cotton hasn’t been king for at least a century.

Anonymous

Hialeah

Trump 2020

If Florida were split between North & South Florida then South Florida would only vote Democratic senators and reps….. sooo no thanks
#MAGA #KAG #Trump2020

Anonymous

Hell Yeah Brother!

Anonymous

Bet you have a new confederate flag over the couch in your mom’s basement. Hell yeah.

Anonymous

Well, at least you wouldn’t have to worry about Democrats voting to elect a crook ala – Rick Scott, to be the governor.

Anonymous

Rick Scott killed old people.

Anonymous

old talking point.. ha

Anonymous

…and young people. And all age groups.

Anonymous

Wasn’t that Rick Scott who said “You’re all gonna die!” in the movie Poltergeist?

Anonymous

You mean Gilum, Graham, Greene, and Levine aren’t crooks? If it actually happened, I would laugh if Gimenez became governor of North Cuba.

Anonymous

I don’t remember Gilum, Graham, Greene, and Levine pleading the 5th over fifty times.

Afi K. James

like the dems try to steal the election of 2018, oh yes wasserman Schultz, what a witch.

POLO

Trump 2020, for FOX commentator.

Anonymous

Comrade dog catcher of Moscow.

Anonymous

FOX is full of buffoons but they’re not that desperate.

Afi Keita James

All of the MSM is buffoons now and fixed news is now a far left channel thanks to their merger with Disney, walt must be pissed in his grave right now.

Afi Keita James

The same dems who 2 months ago want healthcare for illegal aliens, just proves they are no better than the gop.

Anonymous

Where is Trump’s far superior and vastly better healthcare package that he and the Republicans promised? Is talking about illegal aliens again the new healthcare plan Trump promised?