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Next Fluoride Meeting Ends With Decision, Officials Say

Dunedin city officials voted to keep the venue small, but to come away with a final decision on the water fluoridation issue on Nov. 29.

Officials just want to get the whole water fluoridation decision over and done with.

They wrestled with logistics for a on whether the city should discontinue fluoridating its water supply to save $50,000. Some believe the practice is either fiscally wasteful or .

Given the convtroversy, officials were divided, ultimately voting 3-2 to hold the meeting at a smaller, less-accommodating venue — . They did all agree on one point. On Nov. 29, they are deciding once and for all about fluoridation.

The issue at a discussion in September. Around 40 people, some traveling from as far as Tarpon Springs and North Redington Beach, spoke against fluoridating the city’s water supply. Only one person spoke in favor.

Commissioners, however, deferred the discussion for a time and venue that would allow more residents to make their voices heard.

was originally proposed for its large seating capacity, but it was ultimately scrapped because it would cost the city roughly $1,500 in staffing and communication equipment.

City spokeswoman Courtney King told officials that City Hall, despite its smaller, 80-person capacity, would be less challenging because the building is already outfitted with the proper camera and audio equipment.

At a recent closure, people were lined up outside and packed around the live-streaming television in the lobby.

“It seemed like everybody was pretty happy,” King told commissioners, with a caveat for some logistical improvements (i.e., moving the TV outside to "dissipate sound").

Julie Ward Bujalski wanted the meeting at a larger venue.

“I think we’re going to have many more people for fluoride,” she said, especially since the meeting comes on the heels of a landmark county decision to eliminate fluoride from its supply — a major victory for the most vocal camp.

“We don’t want to hear from visitors from Tampa or Tarpon Springs,” a commissioner remarked.

“Yeah, but you can’t stop someone from the county from coming in here and taking a seat,” Bujalski said. “If it storms or rains somewhere, then what are you gonna do? Where are you gonna put those people? … I don’t understand why this commission doesn’t want to be accommodating.”

But even Ron Barnette, who typically invites philosophical debate, disagreed.

“We could be more accommodating,” he conceded, “but I don’t think pragmatically we should be.”

Julie Scales, David Carson and Barnette voted to keep the meeting at City Hall. Bujalski and Mayor Dave Eggers voted for a larger venue.

The three-hour, special meeting is at 6 p.m., Nov. 29 at . All speakers will be limited to three minutes. Dunedin residents will be given preference.

nyscof November 05, 2011 at 11:45 AM
I hope the ban on non-Dunedin residents extends to the fluoridationists also. The Florida Department of Health has hired a PR outfit to champion their cause. When science is on your side, you shouldn't need expensive PR. Americans are sold on all sorts of unhealthy foods and ineffective devices through clever expensive PR manipulation. More than 3,825 professionals (including 328 dentists) urge that fluoridation be stopped citing scientific evidence that ingesting fluoride is ineffective at reducing tooth decay and has serious health risks. See statement: http://www.fluoridealert.org/professionals-statement.aspx
Katie Dolac November 05, 2011 at 12:02 PM
Thanks, Commissioner! Absolutely. Commissioner Scales summed up the sentiment when she pointed out the additional "access" folks will have to this special meeting (meaning live-streaming) Dunedin TV, Internet. Dunedin Patch will continue to remind folks about their viewing options in followups to come.
Maggy Graham November 06, 2011 at 05:26 PM
So Dunedin residents "will be given preference." That leaves wiggle room for non-resident fluoridation propagandists. Whose illustrious steps will the fluoridation apologists being following? It was Edward Bernays himself, father of propaganda, who was key to getting the public to accept fluoridation. “Before the Bernays campaign, fluoride was largely known in the public mind as the chief ingredient of bug and rat poison; after the campaign, it was widely hailed as a safe provider of healthy teeth and gleaming smiles.” (Austrian economist Murray Rothbard). What truth was the medical establishment operating on before Bernays? "Fluorides are general protoplasmic poisons, probably because of their capacity to modify the metabolism of cells by changing the permeability of the cell membrane and by inhibiting certain enzyme systems." Journal of the American Medical Association, Sept 18, 1943. “Fluoridation” is, and always has been, a ruse to launder toxic waste containing fluoride, whether it is for the phosphate industry, the aluminum industry before that, and the nuclear industry before that. The lobbyists are forceful. A commissioner’s seat can be a launching pad for future rewards, such as stock options and lucrative positions on boards of directors with six-figure compensation. The Dunedin government has a chance to make a courageous and enlightened choice in the face of propaganda, pressure and temptation. Not everyone can be bought. Those are our heroes.
E Stevenson November 23, 2011 at 11:38 AM
That's right, nyscof. The City decided many years ago to not let the Citizens decide. Fluoridation proponents have big money behind them.
Monty Seidler November 29, 2011 at 05:01 PM
It will be quite interesting to see how this goes tonight. I, for one, can think of several better uses of 50K!

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