"It was insulting for them to sit up there and lecture us with that B.S."--Marcella Osteen, an activist from Balm.
Thanks first to Commissioners Rose Ferlita, Mark Sharpe and Al Higginbotham who voted in favor of the wetlands without intense public outcry. They knew it was the responsible thing to do.
8/16/07. The Hillsborough County Commission voted unanimously to keep the Environmental Protection Commission wetlands division, with a streamlined permitting process aimed at satisfying complaints from developers.
Environmentalists were outraged at Commission Norman's comments, accusing him and Commissioner Brian Blair [R] of wanting to kill the agency outright, then reconsidering their votes in the face of withering opposition from the public.
Ruth on Blair.
The EPC vote has become a major issue in Democrat Kevin Beckner’s campaign to unseat Blair.