For many years, I have complained about the Ware’s Creek debacle and felt it all fell on deaf ears. Frankly, my frustration knew no bounds.
After this last storm, my yard was in almost as bad condition as it was back in 1988 ... and after $53 million had been spent. The three blocks between 14th and 17th avenues have been totally ignored and I knew there would be problems. I was right.
I am happy to say that even though my yard was a total mess, I encountered a completely different reaction from the following people. I want to acknowledge this and express my deep appreciation for their courtesy, patience, kindness, consideration, and promptness in remedying the havoc.
Mark Young, Bradenton Herald reporter, has done an excellent job accurately following the work that was done or not done.
I called the number in his last report and was put in touch with Katie, who was an absolute winner! She represented the county but looked up information and even gave me the work order number for my clean-up and the city of Bradenton number to call.
At this number, Jessie Crespo helped me and then had me speak with Jim McClellan. He assured me that the problems were being taken care of and the remedy for my problem was already underway. I then spoke with Laverne Lewter who was in charge of my particular clean-up job.
Early Monday morning, Laverne showed up with eight men from the Wauchula work crew. I was pleasantly greeted by each one and then they went to work. They were quiet, efficient, and very professional. I am extremely pleased with the results of their work.
I want to express publicly my deep gratitude to all these people for their work and the very courteous way in which I was treated. I highly commend all the people I have mentioned and thank them again for their work.
Mary Alta Griffin