Letter to the Editor
Referendum: It’s NOT what you say, but what you DON’T say that is dangerous!
I am a worrier. But living in Key West, I have lived through and seen enough deals drag on over many years, that I have good reason to worry! The mega-yacht marina comes to mind! The contract was awarded, but as nothing happened over time – we all realized there had been NO time constraints put on the project in any way! The City for some time had no idea how not to offend the marina developer, yet get out of the deal and move on with the park plans. None of us caught that omission initially.
So now I keep thinking about the Channel dredging referendum (let’s call it what is!) and worrying what could go wrong. What have we NOT considered, before the wording and parameters are set in stone?
Considering past lessons learned, I am now concerned about the amount of time allowed for the Chamber to gather up the 0,000 which is the City’s portion of the study. IS THERE A TIME LIMIT?! Let’s face it – the Chamber will drag this out forever (they already have!) if they are not given a strict time period to raise the 0K.
Also, it is JUST the study we are talking about, but if no one is interested in the actual dredging project through the NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY, with the huge price tag of million (that the City would be responsible for 30%), then why would we waste taxpayer money, and people’s time on a study?! So let’s get all the facts out there for the public to make an informed decision.
I know there is no way to get that much info and wording in the 75 words of the referendum, but the current referendum is only 55 words.
My problem or question is this: WHY IS EVERYONE SO AFRAID TO PUT THE FACTS AND TRUTH OUT THERE AND SAY …..”determine the environmental, economic and social impacts of” DREDGING “the Key West Main Ship Channel’ THROUGH THE NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY “for use……
As I said at the last Commission meeting it is NOT what you say in a referendum, but what you DON’T say that is dangerous!
The facts need to be there in the 75 words! The Ship Channel is a long channel – those NOT paying attention, will walk in the polls, read this and have no idea of what this project entails! I know, I am an Assisant Clerk at one of the precincts! They NEED TO KNOW the exact location of this project! Why is the Chamber so fearful of the truth and the facts? Actually I don’t care what they think – the citizens have a right to the TRUTH and as much information as possible in the wording of this referendum.
2 individuals with the City Attorney’s help created this – why did no Commissioner recommend any additions or suggestions? Don’t you want AS MUCH INFORMATION as possible? I hope you will call or email the Mayor and Commissioners. All I ask, FORGETTING WHO WANTS WHAT, is that the referendum provide the facts – the truth, and as much information as 75 words allows. Fact is – it is about DREDGING and that SHOULD be in there!