Editor: It has been interesting to see the letters both praising and lambasting the Seminole City Council’s vote on the Greenlight Pinellas plan. I encourage those folks who prefer to speak with knowledge on the issue to watch our July 8 meeting via the city’s website, my
seminole.com. The council does not lack understanding of the plan. They do, however, know that Webster’s defines “to endorse” as “to publicly or officially say that you support or approve something or someone.” As we are a representative body, it would be inappropriate to suggest that all of our constituents support the plan by approving the resolution. In fact, the majority of messages we received were against the project.
The Greenlight plan is an approved referendum on the November ballot. We chose to let the voters decide this issue without prejudicing them by approving the resolution. Perhaps those chastising us would have us follow the slippery slope and begin “endorsing” candidates for office, or maybe just let the council decide all elections for them? No, that would be antithetical to the founding theory of this great nation.
None of the Seminole City Council members spoke against mass transit in Seminole or Pinellas County, nor against improvements to the PSTA bus service as some have alleged. We simply opted to let the American Democratic process take place where it belongs, in the voting booth.