And yet another decision is made on the Robinson Farms legal battle and a second administrative law judge has ruled in favor of neighbors in northwest Bradenton.
This proposed development is a perfect example of a builder bullying a weak board of county commissioners that is out of touch with the voting public.
The builder, John Neal, stated in a previous quote that he has had fun with the Robinson Farm court battle and that he has learned a lot. Well spoken, Mr. Neal.
Your fun part was pulling the strings on our puppet board of commissioners.
The only real winner to date is Neal's attorney. He is laughing all the way to the bank hoping to keep this debacle afloat.
The question is, are we getting fair and unbiased representation from our board of commissioners? I think not.
A good start on revamping this board would be term limits. That would clear out the dead wood and featherbedders.
Next, reduce the salaries to a fair representation of a part-time job. You want to attract civic-minded people who want to make a difference representing the taxpayer with an unbiased position.
Another issue is how we elect a commissioner. When seven commissioners rule on a proposal in my district, why can't I, as a taxpayer, have the right to vote on all seven of those positions? Fair and balanced is all we ask.
Locally or nationally, the dollar runs our political system. So folks, the signs are up, the dog and pony shows have commenced, and the builders are flashing the dollars to their biased candidates.
It is time to wake up the taxpayer and take back what is slipping away -- your legal right to make a difference.