City Candidates Set Dream Policy for Dunedin

Candidates were asked: If you could leave one indelible policy mark on Dunedin, what would it be?

This week, we asked the City of Dunedin candidates:

  • If you could leave one indelible policy mark on Dunedin, what would it be 

Click on the Mayoral Candidates to read their response on the Patch Podium:

Click on the Commission Seat 3 candidates to read their response on the  Patch Podium:

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-Ed Harris- October 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Did two of the candidates just not understand the question? DREAM POLICY would imply a big idea, something profound, something that has theme or mission statement written all over it. Quick review of Answers: Bob Hackworth: Honesty and transparency of Govt, Access of all citizens and business owners to City Govt. Heather Gracy: "Sense of Self",Civic pride, making Dunedin special, raising the bar. Mayor Egger's: Having committee after committee tell us what we already know about public safety. Public safety? From what? Larceny? Jaywalking? If you live here or work here you know where the crime is. The southside of town! The part of town left behind. David Carson: Storm Drains.........you might think this would appeal to the inner plumber in me....well I'm not going to touch this other than to say if you don't layoff or fire the staff needed to perform city functions, in the past they had done a good job keeping up on these things and we used to have long range plans that were already put in place years ago and were scraped when or City Govt was dismantled. This is the same thinking as when our Gov Scott took away 2.5 billion in education then turned around and put back 1.5 billion touting "look what I've given Education lol sorry were not that stupid yet! So with a question of vision should come answers or dreams of a better tomorrow. You decide. But Hey! What do I know, I'm just a plumber!
Lori October 23, 2012 at 02:23 PM
ED HARRIS- I AM IN TOTAL agreement! ALL of this candidates provide NOTHING but lip service.... I'd like a answer as well as about 7 other people who have posted their concerns about the SOUTHSIDE and what ANY of these "for the people" candidates intend to do....
-Ed Harris- October 23, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Well Lori, Bob Hackworth has committed to variety of things such as police, infrastructure improvements on the southside and helping the people there improve the area. There was actually a lot of positive things going on back when Bob was Mayor but seems to be non-existent the last four years. As for Heather she has come out with a frame work of ideas related to Neighborhood watch and I'm pretty sure she is aware of lack of involvement from some of our leaders related to slum lord activity. Her whole raising the bar ideas indicate that no part of the city will be left behind on her watch. As for the other two their record speaks for themselves! Bob has a record and it's pro-growth for the Southside, Heather has a record too for helping people all over town regardless of income, race or religious belief.
-Ed Harris- October 23, 2012 at 03:03 PM
These are serious times and we need serious people who are transparent to tackle real problems, not just slap band aids on bullet wounds or use personal ideology to dismantle our city. I'm all for paying the least amount of taxes I can but Dunedin people want certain things and Dunedin people are not afraid to pay for it! Our City is seriously under staffed and running by the seat of it's pants. We have reached a tipping point, a slope that will cost residents and business owners millions to recover from if left unchecked and unchanged. I was born here and I will die here but I wont let a handful of people destroy what took generations of families to build together!
Judy Frankburg October 24, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Someone needs to look at the city records and see just how Mr Carson abused his power to gain the property that is next door (south side) of Carson Pest Control! My friend was renting that spot and tried to start a Boat storage company. Carson while on the Board of Exceptions gave my friend such a hard time he ended up walking away getting out of his lease. Shortly after that Mr Carson bought the property on a Contract for Deed "off the books" and got an exception from the very board he denied my friend and opened a Boat Storage Company! If that is the kind of leader you want vote for him! I assume the people who are listed above are of the same character if they would give money to someone like this.
Happier October 24, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Judy - stop posting the same baseless claim on every story!!! Ed - we already know you are in the bag for Gracy, Hackworth. By the way, Hackworth was voted out for a reason and Gracy has been bought by DFAC.
-Ed Harris- October 24, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Thank you Happier, don't know where I'd be today without your advise!
-Ed Harris- October 24, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Judy could you please remove your comment from here it is out of place and has been answered on the correct page. Thanks
Katie Dolac October 24, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Judy is not required to remove her comment. If anyone would like to join or catch up on the conversation regarding the concerns Judy raised above, please follow this link and scroll into the comment section: http://dunedin.patch.com/articles/tom-anderson-chamber-board-members-give-to-david-carson
bill coleman October 25, 2012 at 10:43 PM
It’s really a wonder anyone would want to run for political office. I know a lot of capable, intelligent and verbally blessed people in Dunedin who would make excellent Commissioners or Mayor. Our “Dream” for the city should be finding a way to humanize the process. It’s, who is tough enough, who has the thickest skin, who can distort the facts to suit themselves, who can put up the most signs, who can collect the most money. Maybe I’m just dreaming or has it turned into a nightmare?


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