Presently nearly $60 million in tourist tax/public revenue is tied up in paying off bonds bankrolling "big business" projects sold in the guise of public/private partnerships (Orioles/Ed Smith Stadium, Benderson Rowing Park, Atlanta Braves stadium).
Where is the Orioles' promised Cal Ripken Youth Baseball Academy? Where are the permanent boathouse, grandstands and restrooms at the rowing park?
|The Fantasy: Benderson's promise|
Answer: They don't exist.
|The reality at Benderson Rowing Park|
Because our County Commission hasn't required binding agreements from "private partners" to make good on multi-million dollar private funding pledges.
What makes the "power/money" status quo even more dangerous is the County Commission now wants to put a referendum on the ballot in November making it even more difficult for citizens to petition for change to our local constitution---The Sarasota County Charter.
This "power/money" phenomenon extends beyond land use decisions.
The August Primary is a starting good place to vote for candidates who value the public good over self-interest.