Refining and redefining citizenship in Sarasota County, Florida.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Save the Date, June 1, 2017
SAVE THE DATE, JUNE 1, 2017
Sarasota Stakeholders of the Celery Fields are asked to attend a peaceful protest prior to the Planning Commission meeting.
Following the protest, Celery Field Stakeholders are asked to attend the Planning Commission meeting where we will witness the process and those who wish will voice their opposition to the county’s proposed rezoning and sale of surplus public lands for “Gabbert’s Dump” on our property adjacent to Our Celery Field owned by Sarasota County and the people of Sarasota County.
A peaceful protest will begin at 4 p.m. in front of the BOCC building on the Ringling Boulevard sidewalk.
Please bring signs, we will have some signs on hand but colorful signage is encouraged.
This may be a long meeting, you are encouraged to bring water and a snack.
We thank you advance for your civic participation whether in person or via email.
Together, with you, our efforts are a non-partisan effort. Political party affiliation plays no part in this community wide effort to demonstrate to our Planning Commission, County Administrator and Board of County Commissioners' that we oppose this egregious plan and we expect them to uphold Zoning's fundamental purpose to protect a community's health, safety and welfare.
The Rally begins at 4 PM, please join us in front of this building on the sidewalk.
PARKING: Public parking may be found behind the County Building, we encourage carpooling.
Planning Commission Meeting
June 1, 2017 @ 5PM
The Planning Commission Meeting begins at 5 p.m., located in the Commissioners’ Chambers. Mr. Medred will present the TST Recycling Dump project to the Planning Commission.
We will have a 3-5 minute opportunity to speak during public comments to the board. However, our speaking time may depend upon how many of us sign the speaker cards.
If you wish to speak, look for speakers' cards. The cards are available on either side of the chamber as you walk in. Fill out the card fully, then take the card and leave it with the clerk seated to the right of the dais.
If you are interested in speaking and are unsure about what you wish to say, please view some topics for consideration below.
QUALITY OF LIFE:
traffic congestion with introduction of new truck traffic to dump
diminished air quality
impact to home values
impact to Tatum Ridge Elementary children commuting by bus or by parent
impact to local neighborhood traffic commute times
pollution will harm threatened and endangered birds, fauna, insects, fish and wildlife of park will be in harm's way with location of dump
integrity of Celery Fields Regional Stormwater Facility will be impacted by additional burden of "filtering" fugitive airborne concrete particulate and leaching of dump materials
birds listed as threatened or endangered remain fragile in numbers
noise pollution will mask bird calls, birds use their calls to find mates
County failure to recognize changes to the area using antiquated zoning and land use designations going back one quarter of a century
failure to recognize value of Celery Field's eco-tourism as a growing and sustainable revenue tax base for the county
failure to protect the investment of county dollars ($30 Million +) invested to build the Celery Fields Regional Stormwater Facility, observation mound, bird walks, park trails and preserve area
failure to adhere to Sarasota's Zoning Mission Statement that Zoning's fundamental purpose is to protect a community's health, safety and welfare.
Proposed Land Use Change for: Critical Area Plan Amendment Rezone Petition No. 17-01 to Rezone approximately 16 acres from ILW (Industrial Light Manufacturing/ and Warehousing) with Stipulations and OUR (Open Use Rural, 1 Unit to 10 Acres) to ILW with Amended Stipulations, and Special Exceptions No. 1765 to Allow a Recycling Facility in ILW Zone District.