Last Stand at Celery Hill
Our rally this past Saturday (11/2/19) was uplifting! Over 150 people took time from their busy schedules to gather at our Sarasota County Quad properties to demonstrate to the SRQ County Commissioners that pretending to be blind to their community is unacceptable and their intent to sell the public owned Quads for industrial development is not something the voting public will accept. This is Groundhog Politics but we will break the broken cycle of Sarasota County Commissioners who take license with our liberty and evaporating green spaces for the handful of developers in town who apparently the Commissioners work solely for.
The fight to Save Our Celery Fields is not over. Details of this week's upcoming County Board meeting (Nov. 6) may be found in this email below as with a ton of links to recent press about our efforts. I cannot do this without you and the Saturday protest helped raise community spirit, awareness and energy for the future fight against the Commissioners ill intent to harm our community by selling OUR CELERY FIELDS QUADS for development.
While setting up for the rally, I found it amusing and yet heartbreaking as I watched two Sand Hill Cranes fly over Gabbert's dump being built and the Quad parcel that our Commissioners tried to sell to Mr. Gabbert for his dump in 2017. County Staff reports they have never seen any animal/bird activity on these Quads and yet the
Sarasota County Instragram page
has a picture of Sand Hill Cranes stating they mate for life. If only the Commissioners would open their eyes to nature in real life, at some point, pictures will be the only thing left of the dwindling birds and wildlife that our County uses for marketing purposes. They just don't get it. Instead the Commissioners want to introduce even more traffic of semi's/trucks on to what are already considered a big F - failing level of service for area roads. What a "gift" for the people who live off or near Palmer Boulevard; what a "gift" for the Sand Hill Cranes who mate for life and get creamed on a regular basis on Palmer Boulevard. Thanks Commissioners, I think you are earning a big F for your level of service to the community!
A mighty giant thanks to all who attended the rally and to all who have emailed the Commissioners voicing your opposition. Please keep the faith, we are on the right side of community and we will prevail. I hope to see you Wednesday at the Commission meeting, again, details below.
Bunches of Celery Hugs,