Letters to the Editor

Manatee County Commissioner Whitmore's mangrove vote contradicts statement

A conundrum!

At an Oct. 3 debate, Manatee County Commissioner Carol Whitmore claimed she would uphold protection of ecologically sensitive coastal areas and flatly states, "Of course I am going to maintain these shorelines."

Now here's the conundrum. That very same day in a Land Use meeting before the commissioners regarding mangrove trimming along more than 300 feet of shoreline along Palma Sola Bay, Commissioner Whitmore voted to grant the developer of the Palma Sola Bay Club his wish to "window" the mangroves despite a long-standing development order that had a stipulation prohibiting any trimming of these mangroves.

Selma Zislis