Now that we are embarking on another campaign for elected officials, let's keep facts correct and inclusive.
Referring to the Long Bar Pointe issue that "our thousand-person attendance had put that monster to rest," as Bill Burggraf (Letters, Aug. 9) wrote, he stated Commissioners Robin DiSabatino and Michael Gallen opposed this development. Yes, this would destroy this area's ecosystem, and benefit the developer and help destroy a part of what is so appealing for all residents, and Florida!
To be inclusive of the facts, which the letter did not include, is that Commissioner Carol Whitmore was the swing vote that did put that monster to rest.
After hours of debates, listening to "one-thousand" attendance, and ending at 1 a.m., developers realized that Carol was a friend to her people, the environment and would not be swayed to vote against her core beliefs.
I was born and raised in Manatee County. My grandson makes six generations. My uncle, Robert Moon, served as county right-of-way agent for years before his death. In his words, "you (John Q. Public) cannot stop progress, but it can be controlled by the right people that have respect for the development, environment, and keeping a moral cause."
Carol has all of those values. She makes decisions for all of the county residents, also keeping the environment in mind.
As a nurse, I have worked and stood beside her and agreed to disagree with her, but never have known her to "sell out" for any special group or person.
Standing as the swing vote for this project and not being swayed stands to her core character.
As we get ready for this campaign, we have to know our candidates, know where they stand on issues, and not get caught up in the half truths.