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The failure of Ms. Watts and the other founders of this proposed charter high school is two fold. First, they failed to understand the community and the history of the sites they proposed building upon. Second, they failed to develop a strategic plan, that gave careful focus to site opportunities and with an opportunity for public discussion.
I'm sure the organizers will say they did have a plan and do understand Marco Island. If that were true, they would not have sought to build on dedicated park land; would not have pursued Tract K without a carefully developed stategy to engage the neighborhood residents; would have understood the restrictions of building near nesting eagles; would have explored the partnership with the YMCA to understand the opportunities and challenges the partnership faced; and would have understood the neighborhood resistance to past development in th Joy Circle area. And, they would have done this all before making any public announcements, never mind several. Ms. Watts should also know that "botanical garden" only serves to enrage those enflamed. No understanding of community, no comprehensive plan and no sensitivity = failure.
It is unfortunate this project has only generated negative reactions. Even from those like me, who truly support the concept.
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