Sand Key Civic Association Sponsors Public Forum Debate
In keeping with its charter to "monitor and influence legislation that affects the development of Sand Key, Clearwater, Florida and areas contiguous thereto with a view toward its preservation, beautification and the continued care of Sand Key's beaches, bays, parks, and public access," the Sand Key Civic Association (SKCA) is holding a civic forum to discuss the merits of proposed Amendment 4 to the Florida Constitution.
The public debate will take place on Wednesday, May 5, at the Community Sailing Center on Sand Key, at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
Dan Lobeck, Hometown Democracy representative, will speak in favor of the amendment, and Karl Nurse, of the St. Petersburg Council, will speak against.
The proposed amendment would provide for referenda, stating: "Before a local government may adopt a new comprehensive land use plan, or amend a comprehensive use plan, such proposed plan or plan amendment shall be subject to a vote of the electors of the local government by referendum."
Many citizens favor the proposed amendment, believing it would empower citizens to exert control over runaway development, adverse environmental impacts, and increased density. Others fear it will tie local governments' hands in dealing with necessary community projects, bring Florida's growth to a standstill, and be costly in terms of city income.
The issue is contentious, complicated, and inadequately understood. Most citizens remain unaware of the provisions, scope, and consequences of the proposed amendment.
The SKCA, which has not taken a position on the amendment, believes that an informed, involved citizenry is the bedrock of democracy. So far this year, the SKCA has sponsored a Candidates' Forum for candidates to the Clearwater City Council, and a Springfest block party, to bring residents of Sand Key closer together. Both have been well attended, and have garnered accolades and strong support from the community.
For more information, contact Dick Jackson at (727) 595-3575 or email@example.com.
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