A Better South Walton Public Forum @ Rosemary Beach Townhall

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  1. Abby E

    Abby E SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    A Better South Walton
    (ABSW), a volunteer organization dedicated to seeking more effective governance and local representation for South Walton, is proud to present “A Tale of Three Cities...What it's like to be a city”, a series of three forums designed to provide attendees with first-hand accounts of the real-life challenges and successes from several incorporated Florida cities. Their first forum will feature Nick Batos, who served as the first Mayor of Estero in Lee County, on May 9th at 5:30pm at the Rosemary Beach Townhall.

    Mr. Batos is a retired executive who led the successful effort to get the incorporation of Estero on the November 2014 ballot. It passed by a resounding 86 percent. Don’t miss your chance to hear Mr. Batos’ story of how the Village of Estero moved from a grassroots citizen organization to “A Village with a Vision” and get your questions answered.

    The meeting will be held:

    Wednesday, May 9th, 5:30 PM
    Rosemary Beach Townhall
    62-98 S Barrett Square
    Rosemary Beach, FL

    For more information on ABSW and how you can get involved volunteering, or making a donation, please visit A Better South Walton or email ABSW. Sign up for the newsletter for updates. Follow A Better South Walton on Facebook.

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  2. kayti elliott

    kayti elliott Beach Lover

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    I think the idea of making South Walton a city is really dumb.
     
  3. FactorFiction

    FactorFiction Beach Fanatic

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    Hypothetically, having more control over our future in development and quality of life sounds like a really good opportunity. I'm not convinced that, in reality, we would be better off for these reasons that come to mind immediately:

    1) It creates an additional layer of government since we would still have Walton County government
    2) We have a difficult time getting enough quality candidates (honest, transparent, not beholden to special interest groups) to run even now with just a 5 member board
    3) Our voter turnout rates are still miserably low
    4) Additional taxes are inevitable, even if they aren't a given for the initial years

    I am genuinely interested in hearing how these issues could be resolved.
     
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  4. stone packard

    stone packard Beach Lover

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    Maybe the idea is for the Mayor to be like Governor Moonbeam and defy other layers of government. But hey, you'll get to pay more taxes too.
     
  5. Suzanne Harris

    Suzanne Harris Beach Fanatic

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    Easier to work to elect 2 new commissioners and have three votes on the BCC in August.
     

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