The Downtown Neighborhood Association met at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 14, at the Sunshine Center, 330 5th Street N.
Minutes: The minutes from the previous meeting of July 10, as posted on the association web site, were approved.
Treasurer’s Report The most recent report from treasuruer Allan Brockway were also approved, as posted on the web site.
Guests ? Two guests presented opposing views of the proposed “Hometown Democracy” amendment, to be voted on in the general election of November 2. The amendment would provide for public referenda on amendments to approved local comprehensive plans. Joe McClash, a Manatee County commissioner, spoke in favor of the amendment, while South Pasadena Mayor Kathleen Peters spoke against it.
Following their presentations, the two took a number of questions from the audience.
Waterfront Vision ? In July, the DNA membershi approved a broad vision statement for the Downtown waterfront. As a followup, a number of specific policy ideas were developed by the DNA special committee on the waterfront. Those proposals were presented at this meeting, and after some discussion, won unanimous approval. The membership approval included giving the authority to the committee to make some minor changes in the policies, as suggested during the discussion. (The committee subsequently made those changes, and the final document appears the bottom of these minutes.)
The meeting was adjourned at about 8:30 p.m.
Timothy J. Baker
Downtown Neighborhood Association