New Mailer, Same Lies!
Before I address the new Mayor Stanczyk flyer I received in the mail, I would like to comment on the District 1 race. I, for one, find negative attack ads disheartening when one of the main concerns regarding the current state of Palmetto Bay politics is to bring this community together after years of discord.
As residents of Palmetto Bay, we need to demand civility from those who aspire to be our elected representative prior to and after an election. I think we can all admit we have had enough of the political infighting over the past six years. I don’t know who threw the first stone in the District 1 race, but one of the candidates should have stepped up and been mature enough to defuse the situation. I personally find the latest round of negative advertising sent by “Political Electioneering Communication Paid for by Concerned Citizens for Ethics in Government” completely unwarranted. We live in a small Village, this is neither a state nor national race and I hope for the sake of the residents who live here this is not indicative of the future of politics over the next four years.
NEW FLYER “MAYOR SHELLEY STANCZYK KEPT HER PROMISES”
• Worked to protect & enhance parks
At last check, Mayor Stanczyk was working to spend taxpayer’s dollars to close Thalatta Park to Palmetto Bay residents so Thalatta could be utilized as a full time wedding venue. This was stopped when the State of Florida stepped in and informed the Village they were not using the park for its intended purpose. The Mayor and Village Manager received a slap on the wrist and were required to open the park to the residents of Palmetto Bay for more than 16 hours per week. It is now open and operating Sunday through Friday as it was originally intended to be when the Village received grant money to purchase the park. If you do not know where Thalatta Park is, it’s located on Old Cutler and approximately 170th Street and is the Villages only public access to the Biscayne Bay.
• Promoted renewable, clean energy and water conservation
Not sure how to address this claim. I’ve been to 95% of the Council meetings over the past three and a half years and no one on the Council, including the Mayor, has ever brought up renewable, clean energy, or water conservation. I would appreciate it if someone would point out when it has been addressed so I can enlighten myself.
• Fought for protection of natural pineland
This is from a Mayor who at the September 22nd zoning meeting sponsored an Ordinance that would permit a change of 22 acres that are currently designated as Parks and Recreation, to allow a developer to build single homes surrounding one of the few remaining natural pinelands in Miami-Dade County. If it were not for the outcry of certain environmentalists and Village residents these natural pinelands would have been jeopardized. What residents may not understand is that it is extremely unusual for any Mayor or Councilmember to seek a zoning change for a developer. It was unheard of in the Village of Palmetto Bay for a sitting Mayor to seek a zoning change on behalf of a developer until Mayor Stanczyk did so on September 22. When a Mayor or Councilmember seek a zoning change, on behalf of a developer, it is a blatant attempt to usurp the checks and balances that were put in place to insure approvals are sought from surrounding neighbors. This is an infringement of homeowners’ rights and an attempt at bypassing neighborhood protection.
Please vote November 4th to end this lunacy.