These are all the Blogs posted in February, 2009.
Guest Blogger Lee Karr Provides His Views.
The Guest Blog part of this site gives others a chance to publish their views. The guest blogs do not have to be a response to something the editor has written and are not mine, but those of the writer who identifies him or herself reliably.
I have had several people write in not in response to anything I have written, but to express their own views. I will not publish anonymous "blogs" but do allow the comments to posted articles to use tags, initials, etc.
Posted By Ed Martin at 10:37 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Lee Karr comments on current events at City Hall
It is on those relatively infrequent occasions during which Councilwoman Taylor chooses to speak out that the reason for her characteristic silence becomes evident; it is that her relatively rare utterances don’t seem to make a lot of sense.
She is, with her premeditated absence from the vote on the Sunshine settlement, engaged in showboating, and in trying to damage the reputations of the council’s majority through noxious and foundationless charges,
Posted By Lee Karr at 10:34 PM in Category:Guest Bloggers
$3.7 million matching payment for Legacy Park approved by State. Kudos to all who helped
From Doug Hattaway, Trust for Public Lands, who was so helpful in making this new park a reality. (Ed note)
Great news! Kudos to you in getting this management plan completed efficiently and quickly! FCT staff apparently reviewed and approved it in near record time! And Mr. McCarthy's supportive and coordinated efforts with the plan must also be commended. The "before" pictures will be cool mementos.
Douglas Hattaway, AICP
Posted By Ed Martin at 11:08 PM in Category:Inside Venice
NOTES ON A WEEK IN THE LIFE AS MAYOR/CITIZEN
Tuesday, Feb. 17
Met with Michelle Todd, Assistant to Governor Charlie Crist. We chatted about stimulus package and about Legacy Park. The Governor's veto of cuts by the Legislature allowed the state to move forward on its contract to aid in the purchase of Legacy Park and reimburse the City for $3.7 million it has advanced for the purchase. The City and County have moved quickly to submit the final documents needed to the State to take advantage of the current opportunity. I asked Ms.
Posted By Ed Martin at 12:37 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Sparring with Sponge Bob over John Patten
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Posted By Ed Martin at 10:39 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Sponge Bob disses my link to JP
Please tell me you are not affiliated with Jon patten or his ridiculous site. Why is there a link from your site? You should not lower yourself to his level!
Ed.Note It is common that websites link to each other, (builds readers). JP is bright, rude, quixotic, funny, ambivalent in his feelings toward the present writer, a good investigative reporter, (most of the time), unpredictabl
Posted By Ed Martin at 10:37 PM in Category:Guest Bloggers
Maxine Barritt, A Very Special Person Leaves Us
Maxine Barritt was a special person, kind, loving, with a great sense of humor and a tremendous dedication to preserving the best of Venice for future generations.
She was a loving mother and grandmother and Peggy and my sympathy is for her family and friends.
Tuesday she was at council meeting, watching and involved as ever. Wednesday she insisted on driving a friend to Sarasota. Her "four score" years did not dent her youthful spirit and caring about others.
Posted By Ed Martin at 10:04 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Former Council Member Jan Collins raises some good questions and I provide some answers--a dialogue.
Where can I read the entire message regarding email policy you mentioned?
Even though I have not read it yet, I must say that I feel any limitations on public access to any and all email to or from council, staff, etc regarding city business are not in the best interest of total transparency. I fully recognize that in the past and in the present, there have been and are any number of inappropriate and probably even vile and foul mouthed messages from the "lunatic frin
Posted By Ed Martin at 9:16 PM in Category:Inside Venice
How Government is Supposed to Work--An Example
In an ideal democratic society, the government works to support the efforts of citizens toward self-governing. Citizens include not only the average resident of a city like Venice, but business owners and workers and the government includes not only the staff members but the policy makers.
Friday morning the Venice City Council was involved in just such a demonstration.
Briefly, the issue facing council was a zoning request for an area which would serve a gr
Posted By Ed Martin at 4:59 PM in Category:Inside Venice