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Old 05-03-2004, 08:55 AM
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That would put a serious damper on area boating.
It would completely screw up all the poker runs and races in the area.

It's going to be a tough fight.

We went through a similar thing here in St. Pete with the airport. Some developers put in a serious bid for the property, we're talking hundreds of millions of dollars.

We successfully got the issue on a ballot after gaining enough petition signitures and the public voted on what shall become of the land. The airport won, thankfully. Like boating, flying only benefits a small minority, however, spin it the right way and nearly everyone was in favor of it. Remember, developers are evil...

If we can conjure up good enough case to describe the tremendous benefit of the ramp, while proposing to charge a few dollars per launch to increase local revenue and benefit area businesses, people might be in favor of keeping the launch. Meanwhile shedding bad light on the development project which would instead further polluting the skyline with unsightly condos which benefit only a small percentage of the wealthy could turn favor in the right direction.

If we play the cards right, public support will pour in, but it's a tough battle.

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Very well said Nick.
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Sarasota City Commissioner emailed me just now and wanted to know where I got that info, "that the city is NOT even CONSIDERING closing the ramps, in fact they are negotiating with FPL for the land to the north for additional boat trailer parking". I am going to try to copy the email and post here for all to see. Here goes:
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I'll be damned, it worked.
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Whew...Glad to hear it!
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That web site link is dead now.
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Damn I hate people who have nothing better to do than start a false rumor and stir up crap.
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