For the past 20 years, the same issues have continued to confound the Village Council. In fact, it’s painful to watch them handle the challenges of the day, never mind an inability to forecast the future.
Ensuring our fishing guides and boat captains, and all the businesses that depend on them, are at the top of our minds is have-to!
Florida Bay needs protecting and defending (and always will), which hasn't happened from several of the members of the Village Council.
Our water is our economy, we should behave like it and fiercely protect it. The sugar lobby was gunning for our water last year, and darn near got their way.
Thankfully, Gov DeSantis vetoed Senate Bill 2508 in 2022. But our own village's lobbyists worked against our interests. Other than Henry, the others on the council defended the lobbyists.
That's shameful if you ask us.
ISSUES & CHALLENGES
The Village Council needs to begin a new way of looking at the budget. We must start with a zero-based budget to get our fiscal house in order. We can't just keep raising taxes.
It's past time to finalize the Fills and get it right. It is the side of a highway, not a park. If we need more amenities in all the parks we've got, then let's have that community discussion and plan for it.
We need to seriously address workforce housing, every year they've wasted time not addressing it. We can't turn back the clock, so forward-thinking is a must.
The public is unsatisfied by the little information made available to us related to how illegal vacation rentals are being dealt with.
It never happens, but we must make traffic impacts a key component of every project brought before the Council for approval.
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
Our team has a deep understanding about how and why government functions at every level, having spent the last 30 years driving Everglades and Florida Bay restoration.
We have experience moving lobbyists, government agencies, bureaucrats, and elected officials, to do the right thing – keeping the citizens informed and engaged along the way.
We will continue to ensure the public is kept abreast of all issues of importance.