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  • 1.
  • So many words. So little common sense.
  • Milan Adrian
    Sun 16th Oct 2011
    at 9:43pm
  • 2.
  • The way i see it, when you stuff the ballot box you usually get the results you want....Prior to removing the benches...Condo residents would call for anyone they didnt like being in the park...they could just be sitting there and they call...the results would be an Officer responding and generating a case number......but the case number is just record keeping it doesn say what really happend..a majority of those reports had no finding...nothing happend,,,no problem...but it still gets counted as a call to that area....Now you take away the benches and the calls drop the results is,,less case numbers showing up for Capt Sutton to count....the translation by SPD----crime went down the real story-----nothing changed...5 points is still the most expensive "dog park" in the county..YES dog park,,there the only ones who can use it !
  • Bob Gorevan
    Fri 14th Oct 2011
    at 10:12pm
  • 3.
  • Does the City of Sarasota want to have the look and feel of a deed restricted, gated community, or does it want to be a city? Cities are hubs of human diversity--diverse humans creating diverse experiences and seeking commonality. Cities make noise. Sometimes they look good, other times they smell bad. Business lunchers and tourists sit in the same parks as "undesireables." If the City of Sarasota does not want that, then it can come up with some civic motion to change its definition, put up gates and be done with this nonsense.

    Benches are not the problem, people are. Yes, people. Real human beings with problems for which our society does not have solutions and/or for which the subject humans do not want solutions.

    Downtown business owners, your business is in the heart of an almost-urban city that intends to grow, and grow well. Did you expect the homeless and vagrants that were there when you set up shop to go away when you opened? Did you not notice or ask? Did you not look at the crime statistics you are now quoting to support your “removing benches cures homelessness” position? Did you really expect the City of Sarasota to be the only city on the planet without poor people or even (gasp!) a homeless problem?”

    Downtown residents, take your Noise Ordinance victory and be quiet. Like downtown business owners, you chose to be where you are. If any of you did not look, think or ask before you made your decision, do not blame vagrants or outdoor furniture for the outcome of your decisions. Constant complaining exacerbates the problem. Grow up or move on.

    I have long described Sarasota as “almost urban.” I don’t want Sarasota to evolve into some over-manicured, over-palmed hamlet of social and economic purity. While I despair that Sarasota continues to rank as one of the most highly segregated cities in the country, I see the potential for communities of commonality that are respected, celebrated, and shared.

    I believe it is a city on the cusp of greatness—we have a wealth of knowledge, experience and creativity that we have not begun to tap. I believe we have the potential to re-define urban, and become one of the truly great cities on our planet.

    Before we get there, some in our community need help. It may not be the help we think they need or want. If you listen, they’ll tell you what they need. Others in our community can and do help. Others simply want a great environment for their chosen business. Let’s quit blaming the benches and get to work with—and for—each other.
  • Moira Toner
    Fri 14th Oct 2011
    at 8:46pm
  • 4.
  • I am one of the old farts that lives opposite 5 Points Park. I agree a park needs benches however not when you can;t enjoy the park. I see people coming to the park to have lunch on a blanket. That never happened before with the vagrants all over the park. I see tournists walking through the park. I have never seen them there before. I myself feel free to strool in the park. I never was able to before. Maybe we should put the benches in your back yard. People or tax payers that want benches can go to the park around Marina Jacks. Why all of a sudden are these people coming of the woodwork. Where were they when the benches were there. I would like to know how much time they spent there. Fae Beloff
  • fae beloff
    Fri 14th Oct 2011
    at 11:51am
  • 5.
  • Seems obvious to me - put the benches back in the park & meter them!
  • Bev Slider
    Fri 14th Oct 2011
    at 10:03am
  • 6.
  • As a city, I want to be able to use the park and have a place to sit. My tax dollars pay for the parks. Its too bad that a few crabby on "deaths doorstep" old farts control what the majority of people need or want. This park is for the majority of people that want to enjoy living in this area and to take away the benefits to solve a small problem that a few cause, hurts the many that want to continue to enjoy this wonderful community.
  • larry forgard
    Thu 13th Oct 2011
    at 7:41pm
  • 7.
  • It is problematic that a park can't have *PARK* benches. If this keeps up, the government might have to provide a special place for the mentally ill like they used to before they pushed them off onto the community.

    Don't worry. There are still plenty of Nurse Ratcheds.
  • Pete Theisen
    Thu 13th Oct 2011
    at 12:21pm
  • 8.
  • If everything has gone so well, why is the Commission revisiting the bench issue???
  • Milan Adrian
    Thu 13th Oct 2011
    at 10:27am
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