The struggle goes on and here is more of the potpourri, as promised.
In Indian Rocks Beach one of the commission members, Jose Coppen, and the city's mayor, Bill Ockunzzi, are at loggerheads over the question of creating a Community Redevelopment Area to revitalize parts of the city.
Coppen is a strong advocate. Ockunzzi says not now, many questions need answers.
And so it goes.
Mayor Rudy Davis, a mild and intelligent fellow, has two beastly problems lying on his desk.
What to do about a fraying police department is perplexing and the idee joyeux of a new city hall that is turning into a shambles creates quivering anxiety for this good man.
Of course, Reid Silverboard, the city manager, has to more directly address these (and other) problems, but Davis, as an elected official, has to take the heat.
But all these nagging problems pale into insignificance against the wobbling performance that goes on in Largo, a city under the influence of those who are inclined to be big spenders while demonstrating no evidence at all of political acumen.
Example - in the real world, elected officials avoid giving themselves a raise on the very same day that they pile more taxes on the citizenry.
Not in Largo. Feeling no doubt that they are as fully entitled as the rest who live off the public trough to help themselves to the largesse offered up by taxpayers, they had their grubby fists in the till and are filling their pockets apace.
Resting on the myth that maintaining the current millage rate equals no tax increase (this is how, undoubtedly, they measure the intelligence of the populace) Largo's commissioners have actually stuck the city's property owners with higher bills to pay.
On the theory that nobody notices or pays attention (which may well be true, with some key exceptions), the seven sachems on the commission stuck it to the taxpayers and filled their own bulging pockets on the same night.
And then the city manager, showing no political sense at all (or maybe engorged on the arrogance that goes with hubris) got his compensation upped to the level that mayors of really large cities (Tampa, St. Petersburg) are paid, and then the next week took to task a serving member of our armed forces.
Hey, neophytes in politics 101 learn before the sun sets on their first day in class that you don't do these things.
We have certain untouchables in our society. Among them are Mom, apple pie, the flag and uniformed members of our heroic forces who put a lot (including their lives) on the line for this country.
Perhaps this is a notion totally foreign to those who have not served or who take their own prosperity for granted as a personal entitlement.
Well, of course, the business with the soldier set off a flap and why anyone with any sensitivity as to the public mood (especially when this country has men and women serving and dying overseas) would ignite this kind of conflagration is a mystery.
Is there a deliberate attempt afoot to get the public real good and angry? It would seem so.
Take the presentation of Largo's commission agenda on the city's web site. It is now virtually inaccessible to the citizen out there who wants to follow his government.
The whole business - agenda, minutes, all supporting documents, manager's report - is put in one PDF file.
Unless a citizen has a computer with very speedy downloading capability, it takes a very long time to get look at the essentials and then he or she has to sort through it.
Very confusing for the average folks.
But then, probably that is exactly the aim.
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