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- I am really sad for Bob White and his sheep (IPOC followers). Your vision for the island is obviously non-existent as you suffer from that silly little phrase that came about a few years ago "It's all about me". When you make statements that all the condos behind the gates are in support of you and your organization, YOU ARE NOT TELLING THE TRUTH! When you talk about all the traffic on Longboat Club Rd., I want to laugh my head off. You again, ARE NOT TELLING THE TRUTH! I run that road all the time and sometimes there is more foot traffic on the sidewalk than there is road traffic. You have filled peoples heads full of false information and your constant rambling on about The Club and it's convention center is another moment where you again, ARE NOT TELLING THE TRUTH! It is not a convention center, Bob, it is merely a meeting room. Your list of stipulations to The Club last Wednesday had people making inaudible bursts of uncontrollable laughter, thus reaffirming the new phrase "It's all about BOB!"
- Mr. White has proven himself expert at hyperbole and ignoring facts. One takes him seriously at one's own risk
- Mr. White, there are 2 bridges on the Island. Pick one and leave as the only thing you are going to accomplish is either legal fees on behalf of the Town of LBK or the essential demise of a premire tourist destination. Pick one or the other.
..."we don’t like the plan at this scale and we’re not going to approve it,", who gave you the gavel?
- To the Longboat Key Commission,
The commission has approved a redevelopment project that the Longboat Key Club has rejected as "not feasible". The plan was put together by the mayor, two lawyers or maybe three, the planning director, and commissioners(?) during an exhausting 72 hour period of consultation. Well guys and lady, I hope you have a plan B that will address the needs necessary for this island community to move forward because what you approved lacks a developer. The LBKC has left the table and takes its $400 million dollar project with it. Your job now is to figure out how to get redevelopment on Longboat Key going with $0.00.
You are going to spend 40 to 50 million dollars for sand. This sand is to last last maybe 4 years? Negotiations are continuing with town employees over pay and pension issues. The unfunded liabilities of the current pension plans could be 25 million come October of this year. The north end of the island is washing away and homes and roads are threatened. Property values are projected to fall another 10%. Tax revenues will not be adequate with out a tax increase or a decrease in services, the Colony is toast, and that new beautiful "Welcome to Longboat Key" sign seems a bit inappropriate. The mayor hopefully has an ace in the hole or else all he did was overplay a weak hand and lose $400 million. But maybe Bob White will invite IPOC, the commission and the planning staff to a meeting at the massive Sarasota Yacht Club Convention Center to discuss the implementation of your project. I suppose one could look back on all this and find some humor in this process except that it really is truly tragic.
The voters of Longboat Key look forward to hearing about plan B
- I wonder if it ever occurred to the vitriolic writers above who are critical of the Commission’s actions that their suggestions were in response to an overreaching plan that was in desperate need of a dose of reality, e.g. downsizing. While some of the suggestions at redesign may not have been practical, the message was clear – we don’t like the plan at this scale and we’re not going to approve it, but we’re trying to help. Given that this Commission is supportive of development and was attempting to offer an alternative rather than denial, it is boorish, at the least, to insult them, particularly with arguments that ignore facts in favor of hyperbole and excoriation. And by the way I did not suggest that the project be moved to Harbourside, only some of the condos to reduce density on the site which the Town Planner and the Commission described as overbuilt as proposed.
Bob White, President
Islandside Property Owners Coalition
- Wow!!! Can the Town Commissioners really have done this! Has "Inspector Clouseau" moved to LBK and been elected to the Commission or perhaps been made mayor? I have to agree completely with Marnie Matarese.
There is an increasing concern in our society that private corporations cannot be trusted to do the right thing. In many cases it is legitimate. Unfortunately, this concern is answered by greater government involvement by government officials who are motivated by trying to do the right thing, but are incapable of doing things right.
At bes,t this is the case in LBK. Giving the Commission the benefit of the doubt that they wanted to do the right thing, they certainly did not do it right by passing a quickly fabricated plan they knew was unacceptable to anyone.
Commissioners, at least have the courage to vote yes or no on the legitimate plan before you. What you did was a shameful cop out.
- outrageous! Blackmail as part of a redevelopment plan sprung on commissioners who didnt know what they were doing to the citizens of Longboat Key
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