Currently 2 Responses
- To Mr. Thomas Jendrysik,
Wow, Mr. Jendrysik, I do not really know where to start but will attempt. First, let me address the conclusion both your wife and you made concerning your family. It is not about you. Sorry, the redevelopment is for the island of Longboat Key which includes many more people than you. I am sorry to respond in that way to you but it seems that so many letters start out with that pretense? The Longboat Key Club is the main business and asset that Longboat Key has. They need to redevelop for the future whether it includes you or myself. It isn't about you or me but the island collectively. You even mention that you don't play tennis anymore? Wow, how revealing. Many still play tennis and The Club hopes that the new meeting attendees and tourists will still play both tennis and golf. They also are counting on the members and tourists using the 28000 square foot wellness center. They would also like to attract some of their lost meeting groups to give them another visit with their new facilities!! That is what it is about. It is truly about the future 5, 10 or even 15 years out. Heck, their meeting rooms were built before personal computers. Do you think they may be out of date? A-List groups require new stuff or they do not come! Peter Yesawich, PH.D, the only travel expert to testify at the hearings, said this, "Tourists and meeting planners require new stuff and the market is very competitive. If The Club does not redevelop, they will die and they are already on the downside. The Club needs to attract 40 year old groups to stay healthy in the future." Please re-read that, as again, it is not about you or me. It is about the largest asset the island of Longboat Key has. You say there is no connection to The Colony? Wow, Peter Yesawich, strongly disagrees. Again, he said, with no redevelopment, The Club will join The Colony. People want new resorts not 30 year old resorts built in another era.
I close by responding to your two other points. If you are aware of the 5-Star requirements you would understand that there is no way the current facility can achieve that status. Too many major pieces are missing. Your last point is that it is a tax negative. Wow, again you are totally misinformed? Just the permit fees are around $6 million with so much more to follow in increasing taxes through sales and property tax receipts. The island of Longboat Key is a business with bills to be paid. It's number one client is Longboat Key Club. Don't you think it wise for the town to assist its largest asset? It is truly a no brainer when you have the facts. I encourage you to vote for the future of Longboat Key collectively. The future will happen, the question is whether it will be a prosperous and bright future for future Longboaters.
Rick Crawford, President of Positive Change for LBK
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