Don’t forget this coming Thursday, September 26th will be our
MEET, GREET, AND EAT ~ NEIGHBORHOOD PIZZA PARTY to be
held at the Ringling Pizza and Grill (located on the corner of
Ringling and Lime) at 7:00 pm. So don’t go to Concordia Lutheran
Church for this meeting…we won’t be there! Postcards have been
mailed to everyone in the Alta Vista Neighborhood today. We should have a
good turnout because the pizza and soft drinks are FREE! (Beer and wine is
available at a nominal charge.) This will be our event of the year and
AVNA just might get to be the envy of all the other neighborhood
associations here in Sarasota!
IF YOU HAVE AN AVNA SIGN, please display it in your front yard
today. If you have any questions or need more information, please
feel free to call me at 941/366-4534 (from 10 am – 8 pm).
And, just in case you haven’t read a newspaper lately or haven’t
seen the local news on TV, there has been a lot happening in our
One thing is now perfectly clear for all to see: Partisan politics are
alive and kicking in Sarasota government. Within a few days, the
Sarasota City Commission voted to raise taxes in a weak economy
and then to urge the Florida Legislature to repeal the Stand Your
Ground law. Those were both 3-2 votes and they were along party
lines. If you thought city elections were nonpartisan, think again.
You simply cannot get rid of partisanship simply by obfuscating party affiliation with a different label. There are 122,000 registered
Republicans in Sarasota County and 89,000 registered Democrats.
It is not known just exactly how many of these people are vegetarians.
So first, the city commission voted 3-2 to increase taxes by 8.5%
even though property values are shooting up and putting more money in the city’s coffers without the tax rate increase. The combination will mean a
much higher tax bill for city residents.
Three members of the commission said the city was so cash-strapped
that it had no choice but to raise taxes on struggling families in this
fragile economy, even while increasing property values were already going
to raise tax bills. And yet they found $500,000 for the homeless program
more than one-third of the money the tax rate increase is expected to
raise. The same three Commissioners were the majority vote to urge the
Legislature to repeal Stand Your Ground.
Democrat Commissioner Suzanne Atwell tried to back-peddle after
the vote and the public outcry, saying her vote was to have a “conversation
about a highly charged issue.” She told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, “I
just want to start a conversation.”But no one had been talking about Stand
Your Ground until the city commission brought it up.
Newly-elected Democrat Commissioner Susan Chapman also walked it back a bit, saying her vote was to “revisit” the issue. Vice Mayor Willie Shaw introduced the proposal that is worded: “The City Commission requests that the State Legislature repeal the Stand Your Ground statute and establish a more civil approach to governance than afforded under the current statute.”
They voted to have the Legislature repeal the law, not revisit a
conversation. So for the record, the Democrats who voted to raise your
taxes and deny your self-defense rights were:
Vice Mayor Willie Shaw, Willie.Shaw@sarasotagov.com
Commissioner Suzanne Atwell, Suzanne.Atwell@sarasotagov.com
Commissioner Susan Chapman,Susan.Chapman@sarasotagov.com
The Republicans who supported lower taxes on hard-working Sarasotans
and to maintain self-defense rights were:
Mayor Shannon Snyder, Shannon.Snyder@sarasotagov.com
Commissioner Paul Caragiulo, Paul.Caragiulo@sarasotagov.com
This information appears in today’s (Thursday, September 19) issue of the
Sarasota Herald Tribune, beginning on page 1B, (the Local section). You
have the right to let them know how you feel about their votes. Thanks for
being informed and engaged.
See you Thursday at the MEET, GREET, AND EAT PIZZA PARTY!
Alta Vista Neighborhood