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Editorial Letters – Week ending November 23, 2018

Longboat Key News encourages Letters to the Editor on timely issues. Please email to: letters@lbknews.com or mail to PO Box 8001, Longboat Key, FL 34228. We also print letters sent to Town Hall that address Longboat Key issues. We reserve the right to edit.

Bicyclist safety

To: Editor

Mr. white Maxima, this letter is really for you and everyone else who thinks that a stop sign is merely a suggestion. On Tuesday, Nov 20 at around 10:30 a.m. I was riding my beach bike north along Harbourside Drive, and was in the midst of making a left turn at the North Gate when you blew through the stop sign going south to make a right turn toward Publix. I would have excused the illegal behavior and rudeness if it were an emergency, but you made your next right turn into Publix. You cut me off and decided not to stop for the stop sign nor for me, the cyclist, who was already in the middle of the street. Seeing me, I was sure you would slow down, but instead, I had to quickly brake and jump off the bike.

I don’t know if obeying traffic regulations within Bay Isles is under the jurisdiction of the Longboat police or just a Bay Isles issue, but I would urge whomever is responsible for policing this, to do so before someone loses his or her life at this intersection. Place the police inconspicuously near that intersection, and the money collected from ticketing drivers going through that stop sign could easily help fund one of our desired Longboat improvements.

My husband and I have lived here intermittently almost 10 years and have watched the situation become worse as the traffic becomes greater. We enjoy walking and bicycling in the neighborhood and are continually astounded by the speeding along Harbourside Drive and the lack of consistency in obeying the stop signs.

We are all fortunate to be living in this paradise so that we can relax and enjoy our surroundings. One would hope that this serenity comes with being more mindful of others as well. Unfortunately, for some, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Please consider slowing down and paying attention to your neighbor pedestrians and cyclists. This would be an excellent New Year’s resolution and could be a lot more meaningful than others about which you were thinking. Save a life.

Phyllis Arnovitz Kozarsky, M.D.

Longboat Key

 

Fish in canals cause health problems

To: Town Commission

The town must regularly clear out the dead fish in our canals. It smells horrendous and is causing health problems. We are prisoners in our homes here. Karenia Brevis gets airborne and is a neurotoxin. The town is responsible for letting dead fish languish in our canals.

Doreen Dupont

Longboat Key

 

Longboat does not need more density

To: Editor

In regards to your editor letters in your November 9, 2018 publication from Bruce F. Franklin, President Land Resource Strategies LLC, I would take issue with the rezoning of the Mote Foundation property to R 6MX due to the designation of high density. High density zoning in Longboat Key and particularly this area of the island, is not conducive for property values and enjoyment by citizens. If Land Resource Strategies is interested in developing a quality project they should request zoning for a low density of single-family homes.  This is very financially feasible for the asking price of this property and would reflect the keeping of Longboat Key to the existing citizens and property owners.

By all means we support the endeavors of Mote Scientific Foundation and would encourage the sale of this property which would help benefit their mission. However, it should not be at the expense of quality of life for existing residents to maximize developers’ profits. Again, I would recommend rezoning for low-density single-family homes and not high-density as requested by the developer. The high-density zoning was already soundly defeated in last year’s referendum and it is surprising to have the same request presented again to the residents of Longboat Key.

Fenn and Ann Giles

Longboat Key

 

General Election Qualifying Deadline

To: Town Commission

The qualifying deadline for the 2019 March General Election closed at 12:00 noon today.

At the close of the qualifying period, one candidate for the District 2 race, Mayor George Spoll (seeking re-election), and one candidate for the District 4 race, Commissioner Jack Daly (seeking re-election), had qualified. Both will be deemed to have been re-elected and their names will not be placed on the March ballot.

The Commission District At-Large race has two qualified candidates:  Commissioner Jim Brown (seeking re-election) and Mr. Randy Langley. If you have any questions, please advise.

Trish Granger

Town Clerk, Longboat Key

 

Longboat Key signature verification process issue

To: Sarasota Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner

My name is Mike Haycock and I am running for Longboat Key Town Commissioner. I submitted my 10 signatures required to get my name on the ballot on November 8. It is my understanding that this is typically a 3-4 day process. On November 19 at approximately 3 p.m. the town clerk of Longboat Key informed me that 3 of my Petition signatures were from Manatee County and were not certified. I immediately got four signatures from Longboat Key Sarasota voters and turned them into your office at 4:15 p.m.

The issue is the deadline for having signatures verified was noon on November 19.  Since your office did not get the information to the town clerk until 3 p.m., I had no time to rectify the problem.

While I was turning in the signatures yesterday I learned that my first signatures were set aside and not acted on until they were reminded by the Longboat Key Clerk the morning of November 19 and still didn’t certify the signatures until well after the deadline. I was further told the delay was due to the statewide recount process.

I certainly understand the time and pressure issues your office was under during the midterm election. However, I feel I was not allowed the normal process of turning signatures in early and getting feedback before the deadline occurs.

I am requesting that you certify the four signatures I submitted yesterday afternoon since your normal process was impacted by the recount.

Mike Haycock

Longboat Key

 

Commissioner Qualifying Process

To: Town Clerk Trish Granger

I feel I was not treated properly in the qualification process for the Longboat Key Town Commission race and want to know what the process is for correcting. As you know I picked up my Petitions for signatures from you and submitted them to the Sarasota County Supervisors of Elections office on November 9. I did not hear from you or Sarasota Board before the election deadline and assumed that I was qualified and my name would be on the ballot. I heard from another Commissioner at 2:43 p.m. Monday  that there was an issue with some of my signatures. I quickly obtained 4 more qualified electors signatures and submitted them at 4:15 p.m. before the Sarasota County deadline.

While I was at the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections office I learned the following.

They put aside the signature verification process for the Longboat Key Commission race while they were directed to perform a statewide ballot recount.  They did not realize they neglected to qualify these signatures until they got your email Monday morning. As I understand, they did not notify you of the status of their findings until well after the 12:00 noon deadline. As is normally the case, I was never provided the opportunity to correct the error in my signatures, or notified in a timely manner due to the late follow-up on your part and the Sarasota Election recount. This is not the regular process and was compounded by the Florida Election issues and a lack of timely follow-up by your office. I noted you sent me a voice mail at 12:44 p.m. stating you had not heard from Sarasota but this was obviously after the deadline. I just want the opportunity all other candidates of had of getting timely feedback on the signature process and correcting any issues before the deadline is past. How can we correct this issue?

Mike Haycock

Longboat Key

 

General Election Qualifying Deadline

To: Commissioner Ken Schneier

Long story. At 2:30 today I was told 3 of my signatures were not valid. Too late to do anything.

Mike Haycock

Longboat Key

 

General Election Qualifying Deadline

To: Commissioner Ken Schneier

I’m back in. They opened up qualification for 7 more days. Yea!

Mike Haycock

Longboat Key

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