In her Aug. 12 letter, Ann Reynolds stated that Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore was the swing vote that defeated the Long Bar Pointe project.
Those of us who were still conscious at the 1 a.m. climax of last year's Aug. 6 marathon meeting may recall that the vote not to approve the Long Bar Pointe project was 7-0, as the entire commission responded to the forcefully stated will of the people.
At that point, Carol Whitmore directly addressed Carlos Beruff from the dais, and urged him to resubmit a plan that omitted the marina. Within a few minutes, the Beruff-Lieberman-Vogler team did submit a marinaless plan, which they had previously said would not be an option.
The commission then voted 4-3 in favor of moving forward with the revised plan that included the convention center, hotel, retail and office complex and a number of residences that promised density that would rival Chicago, Boston or Miami.
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The commissioners who opposed the revised plan were John Chappie, Michael Gallen and Robin DiSabatino. The commissioner voting in favor were Larry Bustle, Vanessa Baugh, Betsy Benac and Carol Whitmore.
So, I guess that Carol Whitmore was a swing vote. Just not the way that Ann Reynolds recalls.
I hope that the tapes of the meeting are still available. Please remember these facts when you vote in the primaries and the general election
Carol Whitmore is a competent commissioner with an engaging personality. But she is more pro-development than Manatee County needs at this time.
Terry Wonder offers a clear alternative. She has a vision for the county that favors current residents over those who would exploit Manatee County's unique assets.
Her intelligence and dedication have enabled her to master many of the complex issues that require the commission's attention. I look forward to the debates.