To those of us active in Palm Beach County politics at the time it was sold as our Disney World. A job creator to rival nothing else in the nation, Jeb Bush and local legislators, most of whom were Democrats used every little bit of hyperbole to sell the relocation of Scripps biotech research facility to local constituents and the legislature as a whole. In 2003, most of us believed that Mecca Farms (the area Scripps was originally supposed to occupy) would be a bustling worldwide biotech hub, creating jobs, stimulating the local economy and encouraging high end tourism, and research. My concerns about the facility were purely environmental as I did not want the Mecca Farms area built on. When the proposed site was moved to Abacoa, the objections I and others previously had voiced, largely disappeared.
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