Comment from Bill Zoller:
Well, in reality, it was time to talk traffic a long time ago...before it became untenable! Just as it was time to talk traffic before the comp plan amendments and rezonings for the UTC were granted. Just as it was time to talk traffic when most large projects were being considered. It is inexcusable for our elected officials to approve these sorts of things before they have figured out the impacts. One may ask: is there even a shred of integrityamong our county commissioners who continue to foist these situations on the citizens in order to benefit ... their major campaign contributors? Perhaps their integrity is on the level of a commissioner's thinking that heading up Argus, a major lobbying group here in Sarasota, while serving on the BCC, is not a conflict of interest. How about the fact that, while counties and municipalities around the area are raising their impact fees now that the "crash" is behind us, Sarasota County Commissioners seem content to keep their rates artificially low ... in the face of these untenable traffic situations? Is this what they call "Integrity"? What is wrong with this picture?
Can you think of what this county needs, in one word? Hint: it begins with "I".