Letters to the Editor

The Big Picture

Now in a flurry of petition takers in front of Safeways and post offices all around town and a few brave posters suggesting that you don't sign the Peebles Development petition, we need to take a closer look at just what we would ask to be placed before the public at the next General election in November.

South Florida Developer Gathers Signatures To Build 355 Houses and Condos At The Rockaway Quarry

It's no surprise, folks. By not mentioning the 355 housing units he wants to build, or the terrible commute traffic problems this would create, developer Don Peebles' hirelings collected 4,850 signatures for his awful Rockaway Quarry project. The surprise is that he only collected that number of signatures.

Curious about the Quarry Petition?

I'm writing to announce the launch of http://www.pacificaquarry.org.

PacificaQuarry.org explores the impact of over 350 new houses on our traffic congestion, our economy, and our environment. It also provides details about the petition-gathering process.

PSD calls 355 units "too large"

PSD agrees that 355 units is too large, and acknowledges the obvious "environmental constraints" that cause the "major concerns".

"Shown His Hand"

Todd Bray shares some interesting facts in his letter to the Tribune today:

Miami developer Donahue Peebles used a local resident to file a petition on his behalf for his 355 units of new housing in the Quarry. You may have noticed the out of towners collecting signature at local supermarkets. As of today (Saturday) they are getting $6.50 a signature. You can contact the lady running the signature drive at the Best Western Hotel room 121. If you think it's odd that these out of towners want you to sign the petition, cross out the extra spaces and sign it again at the bottom, it is. It masks the fact that the signatures are being gathered by paid contractors that don't live here. There ought to be a law. After all, why involve the public when he can do an end run around them? Why follow the usual public process when he can usurp public input by proxy?

What's So Complicated?

355! Now what's so complicated about that number? Have you noticed that boosters of Mr. Peebles' Quarry Development plan carefully refuse to mention in their Letters to the Editor that there will be 355 housing units in Peeblesville? That's 355 units and all the rush hour traffic they will add to Highway 1 from a whole new neighborhood.

Come on, kids, repeat after me — "355, 355, 355." That's what Pacificans will be voting on — 355 residential units. Forget all those goodies talked about in the charrette charade. They are a mirage.

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