These are all the Blogs posted in July, 2009.
Developer Tells Chamber Audience to Build on Strength--Retirees, for Future Business
I attended an Economic Issues Forum sponsored by the Venice Area Chamber and some of its members this morning. The breakfast meeting at the Holiday House attracted an overflow crowd estimated at about 200 to hear an excellent panel discuss, “Positioning your Business for the Turnaround.”
The panel included Joseph Bracle, President and CEO of CSI Networks; Matt Walsh, Editor and Publisher of Gulf Coast Business Review; Lars Haffner, President, State College of Florida--Sara
Posted By Ed Martin at 6:03 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Since the 60's, no building has been allowed over 4 stories.
Mr. Dieffenwierth wrote the City Council this week, commenting on Venice, Sarasota and other cities--especially the benefits that come from controlling growth and height.
I don't know Mr. Dieffenwierth, but his views are worth sharing.
Dear City Council,
This past weekend I had a chance to drive over to downtown Sarasota. I am somewhat familiar with Sarasota since I worked there during the 90s. Whenever I visit Sarasota's downtown, I am always amaz
Posted By Ed Martin at 9:35 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Principles and Policy: Staying the Course.-- A Guest Column in Venice Gondolier Sun
This column lays out some examples of achievements by City Council, consistent with campaign promises.
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directly to this article publisheed in the Venice Gondolier Sun
Posted By Ed Martin at 1:15 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Bob Mudge, Editor of the Venice Gondolier Won Multiple Awards in State Competition.
Bob Mudge, whom I respect although he sometimes dares to differ with me, won several State-wide awards for papers similar to the Gondolier, including one for an editorial on the First Amendment.
A sample from some recent dialogue follows:
Thanks, Ed. We try always to do good work, as you know.
Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2009 22:30:53 +0000 (UTC)
To: Bob Mudge
Subject: congratulations on
Posted By Ed Martin at 1:39 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Marshall Happer Replies to E. Winston Wilmore correspondence
Dear Mr. Wilmore:
Thanks for your response and our apparent agreement on the legal issues involved in the Venice Jet Center matter may be a first for Venice, considering the deterioration in the level of recent discourse.
Neither of us is surprised at the political positions of the various members of the Venice City Council relative to the expansion or non-expansion of the Venice Airport. The Council members have made their political posit
Posted By Ed Martin at 5:19 PM in Category:Guest Bloggers
Marshall Happer, Esq. Writes a Definitive and Helpful Letter
Mr. Happer, at the most recent Council Meeting gave some brief comments, five minutes, about the Airport Hangar situation and legal approaches. I found his letter to be worth reading by all interested parties and look forward to reviewing the entire council meeting on DVD.
I am also including in the Guest Bloggers section of the site a follow-up letter he sent.
Dear Vice Mayor Lang, and Members of the Venice City Council:
Posted By Ed Martin at 5:13 PM in Category:Inside Venice
Campaign Email Not City Business. No violation of policy.
Both newspapers used headlines saying the Mayor's email violated a court order. Neither has the credentials to make such a statement. Only a judge can. What has happened to journalism that they would print such a headline?
The City Attorney says the campaign email I sent is not a violation of any kind.
A special release by the City's Public Information Officer to the Press about the City's E-Mail policy follows below.
Unfortunately, the efforts by
Posted By Ed Martin at 10:03 PM in Category:Inside Venice
David Brooks, NY Times, on Civility and Statesmanship
David Brooks is on my must read list. Even when I disagree with him he is worth reading, and today I agree with him. Perhaps you will also.
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directly to this article publisheed in the New York Times
Posted By Ed Martin at 12:53 PM in Category:Inside Venice
California's Problems--Is Florida on the Same Path?
In recent years Florida's Legislature has consistently rejected "local control" while preaching conservative rhetoric. In practice, the Legislature has reduced the ability of local governments to provide responses to their citizens, when local governments should be able to be responsive to local needs-certainly more so than the lobbyist-driven in Tallahassee.
The Council of Governments, (Sarasota County and the several municipalities including Venice), frequently gnashes its teeth
Posted By ed martin at 1:02 PM in Category:Inside Venice