Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Toxicity reaching new levels?

So much going on.

Sarasota County can proudly claim to be home to a stalwart cabal of admirers of Carlos Beruff, the developer-turned-candidate who recently saw fit to call the President an "animal." He's running for Rubio's U.S. Senate seat.

Beruff's company, Medallion Homes, is building on a landfill.

Some of these fans of Carlos are running for office as well, and they're clustering in mutual support:

-- Beruff's "friend and campaign treasurer" Eric Robinson is running for Sarasota School Board. At this point, he's unopposed, and has garnered generous contributions from Pat Neal and his circle, from Bob Waechter, and from members of the Charter Review Board.

-- Joe Gruters -- a coordinator for the Trump campaign and another admirer of Beruff -- is running for State House with backing from Michael Moran, among others.

-- Michael Moran is running for County Commissioner. His nice war chest boasts top-dollar contributions from developer Pat Neal and Beruff's associates. When he was on the Planning Commission, Moran made the motion that Beruff's Medallion Homes should be permitted to rezone and build right by the allegedly toxic Foxfire West dump.

-- Pat Neal, who along with Beruff is a generous contributor to many other races, has indicated an interest in becoming Chief Financial Officer of Florida. Beruff's last act on Swiftmud, the regional water board, was to approve Pat Neal's permit to build his dream home on protected shoreline wetlands.




A few more things we've been looking into:
  • The Planning Commission has forwarded its Comprehensive Plan recommendations to the County Commission, which will review them on June 8 and 10th. 
  • Speaking of elections, rumors have it that some new candidates intend to oppose the Friends of Carlos -- who otherwise might be running unopposed.

Citizens for Sarasota County (CSC) is a new coalition to promote ethical, responsive government that preserves and enhances Sarasota's unique natural environment and cultural heritage while building a sound local economy based on effective stewardship and innovation. 

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