Click the link above to read Grant Miller, Publisher of the Palmetto Bay news, article. Miller asks the important question: “Who will step forward to settle the Palmer Trinity issue, Palmetto Bay’s most divisive issue?”
It is election time and shouldn't litigation management be a key issue, especially for the current vice mayor, a licensed attorney who has managed litigation in Palmetto Bay more like a casino pit boss than a trained lawyer who should be looking out for the best interests of his clients, namely we the people.
As Mr. Miller points out, “(t)he tactics of letting the courts make all the decisions have been devastating for Palmetto Bay.” As well as “(w)ill 2013 be the year where a statesman (or woman) steps forward to show some leadership and bring an end to this black cloud overhanging the village?”
Now simply known as “the decision” the court published its opinion that the current Palmetto Bay Council (actually three of the five) acted either from “wishful thinking” or “more likely a willful disobedience” when the village council placed a 900-student limit on Palmer Trinity School after a lower court told the city, in effect, to allow up to 1,150 students.
Mr. Miller points out that word is out that all cases could have been settled. Perhaps he is taking in part of my prior blog post: Update on Palmer litigation. The story of hubris and a very missed opportunity to settle from a position of strength (Monday, October 8, 2012)
I agree with Miller. It is time for the electors of Palmetto Bay to stop rolling the dice and elect someone with some spine to take control over the endless litigation that is plaguing our community. Miller is right, the residents and students are stuck in the middle, having no voice and worse, no ability to influence any change in ongoing lawsuits.