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Potent Politics: LBK can’t support more business

Potent Politics: LBK can’t support more business

Much has been written and discussed about the vision for our town in the future. I think I can simplify the concerns of a few commissioners and others who believe what we now have in our town is not enough. I dispute that claim, and I’ll try to explain.

August 5, 2010 | Posted in Business, Dan Dowd, Opinion | Read More »

Potent Politics: Commission’s performance reviewed

Potent Politics: Commission’s performance reviewed

It has been four months since the election of candidates to the Town Commission; hence I think it is time for a review of their performance on that legislative body.

July 22, 2010 | Posted in Dan Dowd, Opinion | Read More »

Potent Politics: Commission resorts to subcommittees

Potent Politics: Commission resorts to subcommittees

This past Monday night’s Town Commission meeting was another meaningless convergence; an exercise in futility. The agenda consisted of 14 items, all of which could have been confronted and decided in one hour.

July 15, 2010 | Posted in Dan Dowd, Opinion | Read More »

Potent Politics: The next debate

Potent Politics: The next debate

Now that the issue regarding the Key Club, the code, the Comprehensive Plan and the development has been temporarily put to rest, about what have we got to debate? My answer is plenty.

July 9, 2010 | Posted in Dan Dowd, Opinion | Read More »

Potent Politics: The deal is done

Potent Politics: The deal is done

If you look carefully you will actually see the light at the end of the tunnel. Thanks to the Longboat Key Town Commission, the Longboat Key Club has received approval of their “massive” rejuvenation, and the town will soon bear the fruit of that approval.

July 2, 2010 | Posted in Dan Dowd, Opinion | Read More »

Potent Politics: Could majority mess up a compromise?

Potent Politics: Could majority mess up a compromise?

The outcome is still in doubt. There are many questions to answer, and I don’t think anybody can predict what the outcome will be. It is still possible for the Key Club to attain all that they originally asked for or even possible that they will withdraw their project completely.

June 23, 2010 | Posted in Dan Dowd, Opinion | Read More »

Potent Politics: Prescription for mayhem

Potent Politics: Prescription for mayhem

Town Commission discussion continues to go on its merry way without a positive arrival at a conclusion. For many months meetings have included ideas about the color of sand and the eventual budget. Decisions can’t be that difficult on either subject. What is so difficult on deciding the color of sand or arriving at a budget? The majority quintet of George Spoll, Jim Brown, Dave Brenner, Lynn Larson and the newly elected Phillip Younger are in control, but unable to arrive at a decision.

June 17, 2010 | Posted in Dan Dowd, Opinion | Read More »

Potent Politics: Strange doings

Potent Politics: Strange doings

The quadrumvirate has been replaced by a quintet of misguided commissioners. The meeting at 9 a.m., June 7 at the Temple started by naming a replacement for Gene Jaleski. The fist nominee was a man who suffered a defeat in the election just three months ago.

June 11, 2010 | Posted in Dan Dowd, Opinion | Read More »

Readers react to Dan Dowd

Readers react to Dan Dowd

A very trying moment occurred when Gene Jaleski resigned from the Longboat Commission. Contrary to some of the statements made by his detractors and opponents, Gene was very good, informed and forthright legislator. He delved deeply and intelligently on every issue before the commission. Perhaps, too deeply.

June 4, 2010 | Posted in Dan Dowd, Opinion | Read More »

Potent Politics: Miamification of Longboat Key

Potent Politics: Miamification of Longboat Key

The floodgates have been thrown wide open by the unfortunate action of the four commissioners who constitute the quadrumvirate (George Spoll, Jim Brown, David Brenner and Lynn Larson) on the Longboat Key commission. They have dictated the policy that, as Commissioner Hal Lenobel stated at the recent meeting, will result in the Miamification of our beloved Key.

May 28, 2010 | Posted in Dan Dowd, Opinion | Read More »