Art work by Robin Bloom
On August 23, 2017 the Sarasota County Commission voted to deny the siting of a Construction / Demolition Waste Processing Facility at Apex Rd. and Palmer Blvd. Three voted to deny the application, two voted in favor. The two Commissioners who voted in favor of the dump were Commissioner Moran (the Celery Fields sit in his very own District 1) and Commissioner Maio.Thousands of you signed petitions, came to the rallies, emailed, phoned or sent mail in opposition to the proposed sales of the public owned lands that are known as "The Quads" adjacent to the Celery Fields. Your dedication of time and sharing information about what was occurring in real time helped form an effort that successfully defeated the county's poorly conceived plans at every juncture!This was a non-partisan effort that was successful because we all recognized the value and importance of the Celery Fields and what this place means to the people of Sarasota, its visitors and Mother Earth. We also recognized that introduction of a facility like this would ruin the neighborhoods adjacent to the Celery Fields, a topic I had no knowledge of when I went to TST's neighborhood workshop on .Sorry to be a Debbie Downer, however, I must point out that both the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and Visit Sarasota (who claim to recognize the dollar value of tourism) never made a statement; nor did a single "science" organization. It is a sad reflection on our community when local institutions who are indebted to the tourism industry remain silent.All of you, however, you did speak out. I have made more friends through this exercise and we all did this together! We can reach "across the aisle" as they say in D.C. to make differences locally when it comes to environmental stewardship.Please email me if you are interested in running for County Commissioner, I'm all ears. I don't care about your party affiliation, we all breathe the same air and drink the same water. I want to know how you will protect your neighborhoods and Sarasota county from further reckless planning such as this crazy adventure we've been through known as "Save Our Celery Fields." And if you aren't interested in running for office, please consider choosing just one local subject in your community that is near and dear to you and protect it like it's part of your family.To the Celery Moon and Back, with the utmost gratitude and respect, THANK YOU!Bird Nerd,Adrien Lucas
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EMAIL THE SARASOTA COUNTY COMMISSIONERA THANK YOU TO THE COMMISSIONERS WHO VOTED TO DENY THE DUMP AND TO ASK THEM TO PLEASE REVISIT THE LAND USE DESIGNATION APPLIED TO THE QUAD PROPERTIES AND HAVE THESE PROPERTIES RECOGNIZED AS PART OF THE CELERY FIELDS.Paul Caragiulo - firstname.lastname@example.orgNancy Detert - email@example.comCharles Hines - firstname.lastname@example.orgBOOS TO THE COMMISSIONERS WHO VOTED IN FAVOR OF THE DUMP:Michael Moran - email@example.comAl Maio - firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have received this email, it is because:1) you signed up to receive Celery Field information2) you are a friend of one of the activists who contributed to this email3) you signed a Celery Field petition.If you no longer wish to receive email from Save Our Celery Field, simply respond with "Delete Me" in the subject line.