ELECTION of the BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF
SAND KEY CIVIC ASSOCIATION
ARTICLE II. PURPOSE "As a non-profit, non-partisan* association " from the By Laws of SKCA)
For 17 years the residents of Sand Key have been served by a civic organization that has consistently worked with the City of Clearwater and Pinellas County to design and build new infrastructure and improvements for Sand Key. This strategy of open communication and mutual cooperation has resulted in one of the finest residential jewels in the area, for example:
- Installation of underground utilities,
- Fire and EMS Station 44,
- Design of the Gulf Boulevard Road improvements with turn lanes, sidewalks, park benches and safe attractive pedestrian crossing islands,
- Two multi-million dollar beach renourishments,
- Purchase of and construction of the multi-use Bay Park, and
- Installation of the fixed span bridge on the Belleair Causeway.
During those years the SKCA Board worked diligently for all of the residents and was deliberate in their actions to avoid taking any position that was not in the best interests of the entire community.
Our respective candidacies are based upon restoring and maintaining that environment of communication and cooperation with the leadership of the City of Clearwater and Pinellas County.
However we are concerned that some of the other candidates for the SKCA are more interested in confrontation and division. They have openly expressed an interest in separating from Clearwater through their support of the Island Independence Initiative. We believe this is clearly contrary to the above Purpose of the SKCA as evidenced by Article II of the Association Bylaws. If the other candidates on the ballot are elected, the SKCA will be dominated by (6-7 of 9 directors) of a special interest group (a state registered political action group 501(C)3 ) that will likely not fully represent residents outside of their perspective.
As long time residents and former members of the Board, we are convinced that their "Independence Initiative" is a costly and wasteful project that has little chance for success. But more concerning, if successful, could probably result in higher taxes and /or reduced services for the residents of Sand Key.
We believe the majority of Sand Key resident do not want to be represented by such a fractious group? If you agree please use the ballot in this newspaper or in your association mail area to vote for these three past board members who will represent all Sand Key residents. Mail your ballot by November 30th. We need 100s of you to vote.
NICK FRITSCH -- HERB McLACHLAN -- KEVIN TEISMANN
THANK YOU FOR YOUR VOTE
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