Political group behind proposed charter identifies contributors


Political group behind proposed charter identifies contributors


Date: January 30, 2014
by: David Conway | News Editor



The political committee advocating for a new city charter has listed the individuals who helped draft their proposed charter, which was revealed earlier this month.

A central element of the new charter would be the establishment of an elected mayor as the chief executive of the government; voters have rejected elected-mayor proposals three times in the past 20 years. The charter would also create a five-member City Council with representatives from five districts.

It’s Time Sarasota, the group behind the proposal, is led by chairwoman Linda Holland, the president of the Gillespie Park Neighborhood Association. According to the group’s website, the following people were members of the “Revised Charter Caucus” that eventually produced the proposed charter:

• Joe Barbetta — Sarasota Board of County Commissioners
• Michael Barfield — Vice President, ACLU of Florida*
• Ian Black — Ian Black Real Estate
• Andy Dorr — McClellan Park Neighborhood Association
• Mary Dougherty Slapp — Executive Director, Gulf Coast Builders Exchange*
• Peter Fanning — Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association
• Chris Gallagher — Downtown Sarasota Alliance*
• Diana Hamilton — Former Sarasota City Commission candidate*
• Linda Holland — Gillespie Park Neighborhood Association*
• Robert Martineau — Professor Emeritus, University of Cincinnat College of Lawi/Revised Charter Principal Drafter*
• Carolyn Mason — Sarasota Board of County Commissioners*
• John Moran — Downtown Roundtable
• David Morriss — President, Indian Beach/Sapphire Shores Neighborhood Association
• Billy Robinson — Retired City Auditor & Clerk*
• Drayton Saunders — Harbor Acres Neighborhood Association
• Jon Susce — Park East Neighborhood Association
• Jason Swift — Chairman, Gulf Coast Builders Exchange
• Peter Wish — Commissioner, Sarasota Bradenton Airport Authority

The website says that the individuals present were not representing the organizations with which they are associated. Caucus members denoted with an asterisk were members of the group’s final drafting committee.

Contact David Conway at dconway@yourobserver.com.

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Currently 4 Responses

  • 1.
  • Claire Morda - this is based on a Herald-Tribune forum entry
    8 of the authors do - not - reside in the city
    .. 6 of the authors live in Sarasota county
    .. 2 of the authors live in other counties
    only 13 of the authors live in the city
    .. only 9 of the authors live in city neighborhoods - that's only half of them
    .. of those 9, remove Caragiulo, Hamilton, and Holland, and you are left with - only 6 other people - who live in city neighborhoods
    .. 4 of the authors live in city downtown condos
    5 of the authors sit on one (or more) volunteer city advisory boards
    3 of the authors are current or retired city employees
    1 of the authors is a city commissioner
    1 one of the authors is a paid manager of a city agency
    1 of the authors is a retired city auditor and clerk
    2 of the authors are county employees
    2 of the authors are county commissioners
    Lots of developers and real estate people are listed, some as if they are just good old folks from the neighborhoods. How many listed are from your DSA?
    Look for the recent article showing the request to remove neighborhood association names.
  • commenton observer
    Wed 5th Feb 2014
    at 1:03am
  • 2.
  • doomed to fail ,
  • O C Crandall
    Fri 31st Jan 2014
    at 9:22am
  • 3.
  • I'm surely with these people, who seem to be from diverse areas of the city. This city is not one neighborhood, needs to reflect that in its thinking and committees and without a doubt needs an elected, accountable mayor. We are not a sleepy, southern town. We are hoping to become a modern, forward thinking city with governmental accountability, laws and regulations that fit the needs of the different communities and a drive to get things done.
  • Claire Morda
    Thu 30th Jan 2014
    at 5:27pm
  • 4.
  • That list has been on their web site since it went up and it is most misleading. See a breakdown that a poster on the forum made that gives a better idea of the authors of the proposed charter. http://forum.heraldtribune.com/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=21014&start=70
    page 8, about half way down.
  • commenton observer
    Thu 30th Jan 2014
    at 5:11pm
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