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Since you've had more to say in this longer article, I will make a few more comments.
You say: “My business background, particularly in high-level planning, made me want to bring a business perspective to the government. I thought I could bring a lot of experience to the city.” Question: why is it we've seen no evidence of your experience in your 4 years on the council? What have you done besides sleep?
You say: "many people in the community are too focused on that one issue [the STRP], contributing to tunnel vision that edges out the many other important things facing the community." What do you think is comparable in importance, cost, devastation and environmental damage to the STRP? A spray park?
You point to the soon-to-be-completed refurbishing of Collier Boulevard as a great achievement. It also brought thousands of tons of asbestos-laden debris whose long-term effects have yet to be experienced. You sat sleeping while this happened.
You say: “We still don’t have a master park plan for the island." You sat sleeping while the administration used our park as a construction dump. That's a "plan" isn't it? And you approved it, tacitly if not actively.
You say we need to prioritize our expenditures. I agree. Why haven't you done so in your 4-year tenure to date?
You say you want "more workshops." If so, why did you support the city's trumped-up biased workshop on the pros and cons of sewers and onsite treatment and force MICA to withdraw its commitment to hold a truly independent and unbiased debate between experts? You know as well as I that it was you and your wife's influence in MICA that caused them to withdraw their agreement to host a debate between experts.
You say: “The rudeness of many people that attend the council meetings makes it so that many people just don’t feel comfortable in that adversarial of an environment.” Why did you not object to the rudeness of Councilors Tucker and Minozzi to their constituents. They have been the rudest people in the chamber while you sat there sleeping.
Mr. Trotter, we don't appreciate your lecturing us with statements such as "With better citizen input, ... residents will also be able to develop a better understanding of how their government works." Who are you? God almighty? We are not children; we know how our government works ... poorly precisely because our government will not listen to the will of the people.
You say: "once residents become more active, the whole process can be more efficient, with councilors operating under a better understanding of what the people want." Pardon me, sir, but that is utter B--lsh--t. Residents have been active; you don't like what they want so you ignore them. Wake up!
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