Letters to the Editor

County failing to protect public

Boats and debris blown into the Historic Bridge Street Pier by Tropical Storm Colin damaged a floating day dock at the pier. Two boats that hit the dock sunk and were later pulled from the water. Officials have closed the day dock and are hoping to repair it.
Boats and debris blown into the Historic Bridge Street Pier by Tropical Storm Colin damaged a floating day dock at the pier. Two boats that hit the dock sunk and were later pulled from the water. Officials have closed the day dock and are hoping to repair it. gjefferies@bradenton.com

After the terror tragedy in Orlando, we should reflect on what if it occurred here. Consider our brave, well trained county sheriffs who are dangerously understaffed and poorly protected with the latest in bullet-proof shields and other equipment.

Some deputies have resorted to buying their own protection. Sheriff Brad Steube cares greatly about this, but your county commissioners have shown little interest in supporting public safety. They need look no further than 100 percent impact fees and largely empty county buses costing taxpayers over $13 per rider in subsidies for money to increase law enforcement funding to protect county taxpayers.

During mild storm Colin, poorly moored boats became an armada of 20,000-pound missiles, destroying docks, other boats and threatening bridges and lives. In the past a lax county commission seemed uninterested in public safety or huge taxpayer expense to clean up an avoidable mess. These often uninsured and frequently derelict boats have been a costly safety hazard for years, which the county commission was advised about by me and others. They were too busy thinking of ways to increase your taxes than to protect you.

Insist commissioners park the mostly empty, traffic jamming, polluting buses, or fully fund them from fares. Use the millions saved for public safety and getting derelict, unsafe boats out of our waters. Then increase impact fees to 100 percent or prepare for a no vote on the sales tax. Voters are really angry. Let’s put commissioners’ jobs on the line this November.

David R. Kraner

Palmetto

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