Florida's Growing Pains

Charles and Dianne Jones moved to Jacksonville last September to escape Houston's depressed economy and stretch their dollar a little further in a state known for its low taxes. What they found along with the Florida sunshine were inadequate schools, clogged roads and poor social services. "We have a 16-year-old daughter who comes home from school with a different problem every day," says Mrs. Jones. "She can't get this; the school doesn't provide that. You get three cars on the road, and you have a traffic jam."

Signs of decay are everywhere in Florida. The state's waterways are polluted, and its...

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