It doesn’t seem so long ago that I wrote a letter to this paper when we had our last uproar about canal bank cleaning and Councilwoman Anne Gerwig.
I’m not going into the necessity of the village canal bank cleaning; it is a necessity to prevent homes from flooding in the event of a heavy rain/hurricane. Because Florida was developed through canals for drainage, the canals must be free of trees, bushes and anything that could end up in our canals and back up the water. We are speaking of a potential hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, and many people don’t even have flood insurance.
We cannot treat FPL rights of way as our own, nor can we do so on the village canal banks; that’s why they are called rights of way or easements.
Yes, we can feel for the loss of vegetation, and as a master gardener, I fully understand love of plants and homes for animals, but safety must come first.
Now, the last time this happened, Anne Gerwig got involved, and I wrote that she was actually politically motivated, succoring favor and really not asserting her responsibility, like the rest of the council.
False hope she gave (and denied) but here we are again, this time a flyer, exempting Gerwig from responsibility, whilst the rest of the council is blamed. Call these people to complain… everyone but Gerwig, because she’s on our side.
This is déjà vu, Gerwig offering solace instead of doing her job.
The flyer appears obviously to be political, one week after another article about Gerwig possibly running for the mayor’s seat.
As with most anonymous fliers, truth is foreign, and it is a cowardly way to run politics. I’m sorry, but too many coincidences here.
While Gerwig may not have written the flyer, certainly her supporters did, including e-mail addresses and when their next election is. What could be more political? Also wrongly including one member who was not even on the council at the time.
Perhaps Anne is merely testing the waters, before stepping into the mayoralty race, but in this case, the water seems a bit hot!
There used to be an expression, and it seems appropriate now, “If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck.”
Of course there will be denials, but the facts speak for themselves, twice bitten on the same subject, and her name off the flyer, blaming everyone but her.
If this was but her first venture here, but it is not, this is her second dance, same tune. The last denial seems to be flat now.
Strange how things happen prior to our election cycle!
George Unger, Wellington