Council may be going back to the future | Letter to the editor

To the editor:

Last week the Island breathed a collective sigh of relief after the city council vote to end the discussion on the bridge to nowhere.

After years of a dysfunctional council packed with old-time silverbacks with personal agendas representing the worst of small-town politics with their backroom deals and disregard for the Sunshine Laws, to be followed by the fiasco on a new sorely needed police station, then wasting $100,000 on a useless feasibility study for an island power scheme there was hope that finally a citizen-focused transparent council was in place.

Unfortunately, the actions at the recent council meeting by Councilwoman Blossom indicate that the past is not yet behind us.

Councilwoman Blossom owes the citizens and voters of the Island a clear explanation as to the actions and reasoning that caused such a change in her position on the bridge to nowhere. The actions at the council meeting clearly reveal a level of coordination between council members and their supporters in using an arcane parliamentary rule to subvert the previous council decision.

Were inappropriate private communications made between council members that violate the state’s Sunshine Laws? Or was this a personal epiphany for Councilwoman Blossom?

If it was the latter then fine. If it was the former then here we go again.

BILL SAMS

Manitou Beach

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