In my commentary last week on the subject matter I mentioned the importance of candidates checking facts and being diligent before making statements that are untrue. In that commentary I stated that the City of Marco Island was not interested in buying the water utility from Florida Water Services (FWS) until FWS announced in September, 2001 that they were selling the utility. This left the City no choice but to pursue the purchase.
In response to my statement Mr. Sacher, after doing research, concluded that the city was, in fact, trying to take over the water utility for the two years prior to that announcement by FWS. Nothing could be further from the truth and another history lesson is in order for Mr. Sacher. The City decided in 1999 that it would be better to negotiate a long term rate agreement with FWS rather than take over the utility. Accordingly, they formed a committee consisting of myself, Councilman Glenn Tucker and City Manager, Bill Moss to negotiate a long term rate agreement with FWS. The city had no desire to take over ownership at that time. That agreement was presented to City Council in the summer of 2001 but, before it was finalized, FWS said they wanted out of the business.
As I said before, we should be concerned when candidates make statements without due diligence. We should be even more concerned when they do research and completely misunderstand or misinform what they find.
Mr. Sacher admits that he was never involved in the purchase process, had never spoken to anyone who was involved and is second guessing what was done. Despite this he continues to condemn what was done and offers no specific alternative as to what he would have done different. This is the essence of negativism.
In my opinion, failure to be diligent in your fact finding, failure to understand what you are reviewing and being negative are not qualities of a good candidate nor a good city councilor.