Will South Florida become the 51st state sometime in the near future? Talks of actual secession are no joke among some city officials in Miami, who are in support of South Florida splitting from its northern half and becoming its very own state. United Press International News reports this Wednesday, October 22, 2014, that a variety of reasons are behind this potential break, but politics and environmentalist concerns seem to be primary issues at this point in time.
Secession is no easy process for any state, but some lawmakers in South Florida seem intent on taking on the challenge in making the southern regions of the area the official 51st state. This October, by a narrow margin, officials took one of the major first steps, passing a resolution to consider the idea of cutting its connection with the north half of Florida.
“We have to be able to deal directly with this environmental concern and we can’t really get it done in Tallahassee,” said South Miami Vice Mayor Walter Harris. “I don’t care what people think – it’s not a matter of electing the right people.”
Harris is taking a stand and being one of the most vocal supporters in the possible split between North and South Florida. With his encouragement, the resolution was able to pass at a city commission meeting held in early October. The Miami mayor, Philip Stoddard, is also rallying behind his political companion, noting that the major differences in politics and lawmaking policies is need enough for secession. He also seemed to mention in a recent statement that North Florida already makes it seem as if the south is a separate region altogether, so why not make it the 51st state officially?
“It’s very apparent that the attitude of the northern part of the state is that they would just love to saw the state in half and just let us float off into the Caribbean. They’ve made that abundantly clear every possible opportunity and I would love to give them the opportunity to do that.”
There may be some obstacles before South Floridians can begin calling themselves a separate new entity here in the U.S. nation, however. Firstly, the process of seceding in order to form a new state is a complex one, and it may not be that all residents are in agreement with the idea of breaking ties with their northern brethren.
According to Business 2 Community News, Vice Mayor Harris is considering the change for “environmentalist” reasons and was influenced by the vote in Scotland considering their own independence. “[Harris remains] an environmentalist inspired by Scotland’s recent independence vote,” they note. As a result, it may not be that a majority of Floridians would be on board with backing plans to make South Florida the 51st state. After all, continues the source, Scottish residents opted to not secede and remain within the United Kingdom when the public vote finally was tallied.
These ongoing resolution talks considering secession are expected to be examined at a higher level before 2014 comes to a close. The commission’s resolution states that creating South Florida as its own state (the formal 51st, if successful) is crucial to its very existence. The Miami mayoral figures also appear intent on putting an end to the southern territory being neglected by its northern neighbors once and for all. What do you think, readers? Should South Florida split and try to secede? What might be consequences of such a notable act?
“We’ve been the laughing stock for a very long time,” Harris concluded. “We’re setting a record with that ‘fangate’ thing … [Setting the south as its own entity] is a necessity for the very survival of the entire southern region of the current state of Florida.”