More rambling on It's Time Sarasota, to continue with Diana Hamilton's piece in SRQ Daily yesterday, my thoughts continued to expand during the insomnia hour (3AM).
Ms. Hamilton writes if SRQ had a mayor the proposed homeless facility "Would" not be a discussion and a mayor would green light this facility ASAP. At least that's what her column alluded. Which gets me thinking.
1. Why or how would the mayor get full decision rights on where the homeless facility would be located?
2. What if a citizen in that particular neighborhood didn't want the homeless facility located in their neighborhood? DOES THAT CITIZEN TALK FIRST TO THEIR CITY OR COUNTY COMMISSIONER AND THEN DOES THE COMMISSIONER DELIVER THEIR CONSTITUENTS DECLARATIONS TO THE MAYOR? More F'in red tape, yee haw.
3. DO CITIZEN'S EVEN GET A CHANCE TO SOLICIT THE MAYOR BEFORE SUCH AN IMPORTANT DECISION IS MADE? I don't see anything in the initiative indicating we would have any say with a mayor's final decision other than lawsuits to try and prevent a mayor from green lighting something really stupid and there will be stupid because SRQ elected officials have a history with Stupid.
4. WHY SHOULD ONE MAYOR HAVE THE POWER OF VETO IF SRQ CITIZEN'S HAVE ELECTED A CITY / COUNTY COMMISSIONER TO REPRESENT THEM?
I keep coming back to It isn't time until this shoddy piece of shit is rewritten. And let's have it be partisan, let the mayoral candidate declare their party background. Enough smoke and mirrors, lines have already been drawn, now they just need to come out of the closet.