Politics & Government

Manatee commission candidates Carol Whitmore, Terri Wonder to debate Oct. 28

MANATEE — A debate addressing environmental issues between candidates for an at-large Manatee County Commission seat is slated for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Palma Sola Botanical Park, 9800 17th Ave. N.W.

The candidates, Republican incumbent Carol Whitmore and Democratic challenger Terri Wonder, will respond to questions on environmental and growth management issues, according to a press release.

The Annual Conservation-Environmental Summit is co-sponsored by the Manatee Fish and Game Association Inc., and Manatee/Sarasota Sierra Club, the press release said.

The summit will also feature a discussion of the Water and Land Conservation Initiative, or Amendment 1, a constitutional amendment proposal that will be on the Nov. 4 general election ballot. The measure, upon voter approval, would dedicate 33 percent of net revenue from the existing excise tax on documents to the Land Acquisition Trust Fund.

Christine Johnson, president of the Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast, is slated to speak in favor of the amendment. Dr. Frank Alcock, associate professor of political science and environmental studies at New College of Florida, will argue the other side.

The evening will also feature a potluck supper, with attendees invited to bring a side dish to share. The host organizations will provide meat, drinks and tableware, but those who prefer to bring their own reusable tableware may do so.