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Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, OC leaders: Fix housing woes

I didn’t know exactly what to expect Wednesday when I stood in a room full of commissioners, legislators and other key personnel from the Treasure Coast’s four counties.

In the first 90 minutes, though, I was impressed with potential solutions presented for an array of common challenges faced by residents of Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties.

History tells me, though, that getting 20 commissioners and others to agree on common problems is one thing. Having them execute solutions to resolve issues before they fester into crises is another matter.

Susan Adams, an Indian River County commissioner, deserves credit for spurring the group to focus on one of those crises all of us should relate to.

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Roxanne Carmona puts Zay, 1, into his car seat after his appointment at the Pediatric Endocrine and Metabolic Center of Florida on Thursday, April 14, 2022, in Port St. Lucie. Carmona wrote, "Help us find a home," on the window of the minivan, hoping for leads on finding a place to rent.

The funny thing is, Adams, Okeechobee County Commissioner Terry Burroughs, state Reps. Dana Trabulsy, R-Fort Pierce, and Toby Overdorf, R-Palm City, St. Lucie County Commissioner Chris Dzadovsky and Martin County commissioners Ed Ciampi and Doug Smith all saw the challenge of affordable housing a little differently.

The cost of housing is something that affects all of us ― unless maybe you are well off enough to live here full time and not need property insurance.

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