Imagine if water use permitting included questions like the following:
How close are the water conservation measures in this proposed use to the best existing in Florida? (And why not the best for this proposed new use?)
How much does the water cost the user? (For municipal and all other uses.)
How many jobs per million gallons of water use?
How much revenue generated per million gallons of water use?
How much fertilizer per million gallons of water use? (Together with a binding commitment to maximum application rates.)
Link those questions to minimum permit standards and you would see much better permits. It would also be necessary to dump some existing permit conditions:
Are you really tightly tied into Republican Party politics?
How many King Ranch deer heads per million gallons do you have?