Bradenton DDA wrong to spend on rowing, regatta
Originally published on June 9
The Bradenton City Council is considering revamping the current CCRA/DDA/14th Street Community Redevelopment Agency districts.
City Council is proposing that final decisions of any project(s) be voted and approved by City Council. Since I am not sure this is the best approach, City Council needs to be involved and engaged in funding decisions.
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They have not been participants, yet had the power to veto any funding decisions of these entities. Council members were elected to represent the people of Bradenton and ultimately make decisions.
Board involvement is certainly one I embrace because it engages citizens.
I agree with some council members who believe the Downtown Development Authority has gone beyond its scope of eliminating slum and blight, i.e., by funding the regatta and trips to Korea and Sofia.
I have asked and received information from the DDA on the expenditures in excess of $10,000 to send the DDA director to Korea and Sofia to ensure the city's presence during discussions for World Rowing Championships.
I did not read anywhere in the minutes that the DDA board approve these trips. What benefit did this trip by the DDA help in the elimination of slum or blight or overall benefit to City of Bradenton downtown district (DDA)?
How can anyone justify these trips will benefit the city of Bradenton since the rowing facility is located in Sarasota County, which has all the amenities to accommodate any World Rowing Championships?
Susie Copeland, President, Manatee County NAACP