This is a response to the Oct. 16 guest column submitted by Mr. Ben Byrd entitled “City’s solar project intended to foster more sustainability.”
It truly amazes me that it took a city representative three columns of lofty words to try to sell the public that the solar project for the City Hall was a good idea.
Mr. Byrd never touched on the central issue — that the panels would take 44 years to provide a payback to the city. Mr. Byrd cites “as with any investment, a potential owner should thoroughly consider the costs and benefits before deciding to move forward.” Well, yes!
So, Mr. Byrd, why didn’t you heed your own words? The project was not cost justified and provided poor benefits to the city.
I have a recommendation for Bradenton. Replace both the efficiency manager and the sustainability manager and hire instead a common sense manager. Hint, hint, I’m unemployed and available for the job!
Anthony L. Tiona