• Environment – Below is where I stand on some issue.   I have put out several articles which you can view by clicking — >>> here
    • Continue to work with environmentally conscious groups like Hands Along the Water
    • Continue my work on ensuring that the outflow pipes are not draining pollutants into the Gulf
This shows I was right about my concern with the water coming out of the outflows. Something Holic, Daniels and Clinch ridiculed me for…… Where is my apology now?
  • Drinking water. Since 2017 I have been on the City of Venice regarding this issue. The city hired a consultant that came back and noted high level of contaminants, but stated they were inline with the standards that the City of Venice follows. That standard is not the same standard that EWG follows and apparently it is a lower standard than the model that EWG follows. EWG is the water analysis company that most of the major media turns to and regards as a leader in the industry of testing the drinking water quality in cities throughout the US.
  • Get the city to act on Florida Friendly landscaping, something that should have been considered during the Venice Beautification that took place this year
    • Find an alternative to using Roundup, which the city is still utilizing on their landscaping.
    • Continue to work towards ridding the City of Venice of the remaining septic tanks.  I believe there are approximately 50 still in use.  
    • Continue to work towards ridding the beaches of liter, through Adopt A Beach Programs and working with groups, such as Hands Along the Water.

  • Sustainable Development – Below is where I stand on some issue.   I have put out several articles which you can view by clicking — >>> here
    • LDR’s.   The city is working through them now.  If they are not completed, then pickup where the council left off.  Right now, the LDR’s are formulated by pro-developer Mayor and Council Members, by voting for me there will be an advocate for sustainable growth.  Unlike with the Comprehensive Plan, where the attorney for Neal virtually had a desk at City Hall, I will push to ensure that residents have a great voice than Pat Neal and Jeff Boone.  One thing to keep in mind is that there is a reason why the developers are supporting my opponent.
    • The city is pushing a narrative that they are approving all the new developments because of state laws.   This is true in some regard, not in others.   State law does not mandate changing the ordinance from residential to commercial.   State law did not come in play, when the city pushed through the Seaboard ordinance, which opened the door for development.
    • Take away the developer’s ability to define affordable housing.  The developers are using this to get their developments pushed through the city.   Many times, they will not define what is affordable.   When they do define it, the apartments are far from being truly affordable.   I want the council to define affordable housing.   In my mind, affordable housing is for the family of four that are working two jobs and can’t afford putting out more than $1000/mth in rent and not $1500/mth.
    • Value residential input.   If a poll were to be taken today, it would come back that the city is not listening to the residents or their voices are not being heard.  
    • Consider all traffic issues, with ever new development.   The developers will come in and outline their traffic analysis, which often is taken during the off season when traffic is a low.   Also, they only look at that one project and not the impact of the other projects that are being considered for the same vicinity.  Below is an interesting article that I pout out, covering road conditions and how they have been ignored by the City of Venice.

  • Fiscal Responsibility – Below is where I stand on some issue.   I have put out several articles which you can view by clicking — >>> here
    • Push to have salaries that are at the national average.   I wrote an article outlining how the city is overstaffed with management and paying out salaries that far exceed the national average.   Councilman Daniels justified their high salaries, stating they were average for the area.  If you have not read it you should but be prepared to be outraged.
  • Push to end the reliance on consultants.   Since Team Holic (Daniels, Gates, and Holic) took office eleven years ago, the city has spent over $11,000,000 on consultants just for water and sewer advise.  That does not cover the other consultants, which some fear would push that number over $20,000,000.
  • Taking over EMS from the county.  I fought this because the numbers were not adding up, from the medical billing perspective and the profits that were anticipated, even though the county recorded nothing but massive loses.   Additionally, there is the issue with the response times that my opponent relied upon.  The problem is, different variables were being used and if the city would have delved into them, they would have seen that the response times were about the same.    They may get better with the merger, since the new process will only bring patients to Venice Hospital, versus where they want to go, which is the current process.
  • The beautification of Venice.   The city puts together a budget that builds in shortfalls.   So, a project may cost $2 million, so they will budget $2.5 million.   Then they can claim that they came in under budget and there was no shortfall.   The problem is, there are documents that illustrate that this project came in way above the actual cost.
  • Safety Center.   The city did not calculate that construction material would cost more, two to three years later when the project would get started.   Just another project hat will cost more than forecasted.

This is where I stand on some of the issues, but there are so many others.  I have written and covered them throughout the past ten years via The Scoop News.   Below are some of them.   I would love to put all of them but there are so many, I would not be able to post them all by election time.