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Sabal palms are very much native trees thru out the southeast U.S. Absolutely we should persue eco-tourism and outdoor rec. Our landscape is unique in the world & very fragile, it should not be exploited by foreign corporations or commercial agriculture or will cease to exist sooner than you may think. The giant farms reap tons of political favors, exemptions & money, but contribute little in taxes or jobs. What jobs it may provide pay lousy & are often illegals. This leaves homeowners, mom& pop businesses, gas tax & the ever popular grant $$$ to fill the coffers. The "investment" in agriculture & evangelical extremism benefits the "select few" leaving the area historically poor & the social problems this entails.
To the person complaining about the cons, tattooed and pierced freaks. I am not a con or do I have tattoos or piercings but I feel that a con has served his/her time and is entitled to a second chance. The tattoos are a form of art to some people as well as the piercings. If the kids of our area want a job than they should put in an application like everyone else. The employer hires those that are qualified or are sincere about wanting to work for a pay check instead of just being there.
As the Board of County Commissioners search for the Economic Development Coordinator, I would urge you to select the most qualified and proven applicant to this important position. Credentials, experience and PROVEN competency are the factors upon which this selection should be made, and not your personal connection to the person. We've seen where that leads us. Nowhere!!
"We the People" have sat on our collective butts for years perpetuating the "select few's" power grab, resulting in a ruling class out of touch with the populace unable to run a government. Their concern is salaries, perks, pensions, & nepotism, resulting in a country that is financially , morally, & intellectually bankrupt. Put down the cell phone, get off the internet & social networks, pick up a textbook. Produce or create something, anything that can be sold as a tangible good. That's called capitalism! Turn off the TV preachers, Jerry Springer & reject false prophets. Get busy, pay attention to what the ceasers & czars are up to & put a stop to it.