Why were the residents of Palmetto Bay left without any representation on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, before the Board of County Commissioners?
Fair question: I would like each and every member for the Village Council, from the Mayor, the Vice Mayor and each of the three district Council Members to advise the village residents what was more important than participating before the County Commission on Tuesday, 2-2-2021. in writing so we are all sure that we all receive the same answer, not one that differs based upon the audience.
Remember, the Mayor and all members of the Village Council are paid, and provided with health insurance benefits. Their expenses to and from the Commission Chambers would have been reimbursed. No excuses.
It looks bad to fail to show up. Did they oversleep? Was it non-feasance? Or perhaps fear of public speaking or having to articulate a position that differed from what was told some during the election?
Perhaps they should dock themselves some of their pay and benefits for pulling a disappearing act when they were needed. its easy to participate in a ribbon cutting. It takes leadership and preparation to advocate on the tough issues.
I leave you with a quote from Dr. Jill Biden, educator and First Lady of the United States, about showing up when you are needed: