During my 15 years of living in Bradenton Beach, I served on boards and committees with many other concerned residents. Together, we spent thousands of hours and tens of thousands of dollars working with professional consultants to develop the vision of a uniquely desirable city.
These ideas were incorporated into a comprehensive plan that was duly adopted by voters and city officials who were actually elected.
For 10 years, I have continued to chair the Scenic/W.A.V.E.S. citizens advisory board. My co-chair, Tjet Martin, is now a candidate for city commission. Of the two candidates, Ms. Martin is certainly the most qualified and trustworthy because she shares the best interests of the entire community.
I watched in dismay as the previous mayor and city commissioners -- who ran unopposed -- dismantled much of our hard work. For the benefit of a few special interests, they simply rewrote laws and created a mess.
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Even as a committee chairman, I was gaveled into silence by the previous mayor when I tried to speak on city issues. Our board was largely ignored, as was the planning and zoning board.
Ms. Martin is a homeowner and business owner dedicated to her city. For the more than 15 years that I have known her, she has given her all making Bradenton Beach a desirable place to live and visit.
She has worked tirelessly to protect the shoreline. She has given countless dollars and hours of her own time planting island-indigenous vegetation that protects the dunes. She designed the new website for our city board at no cost to the taxpayers. She is a dedicated member of the Historic Bridge Street Merchants. And, Ms. Martin is usually ahead of commissioners on issues that come before the city commission.
Tjet Martin deserves your vote on Nov. 4.