Now, let’s work together
Now that the dust has settled on the referendum in Clearwater concerning a strong mayor, it is time to come together and work toward a common goal of making Clearwater a strong, vibrant city to live, work and play. I did not participate on either side of the campaign because as I told many in our community, there are pros and cons to both forms of government. Neither form of government offers all the answers to complicated issues. The reality is that it comes down to having intelligent, ethical, open-minded people in elected office, regardless of the form of government.
The interesting thing is that both sides of this issue want the same thing, they just disagreed on the best way of accomplishing the goals. Everyone in Clearwater would like to see stronger neighborhoods, better transportation, more high-paying jobs and a revitalized downtown. Much energy was expended on both sides of the referendum. I encourage everyone to come together and transfer that energy to the challenges at hand. We need dedicated people to serve on boards, public and private. We need smart, ethical people to run for public office and commit to building on the strong foundation that exists. Let us all agree that it is time to move forward together to make Clearwater and Pinellas a better place to call home.
The writer is former mayor of Clearwater.