Three minute speech to Seminole County commission on the “Flea world Fleece.”

25 Jul

Thanks for your time commissioners, and   County residents. I am an interested citizen of the county, as an entrepreneur, a father, and a teacher.
Also a Lyman High graduate of ’93. Hello Mr. Henley.
Thank you PHV.

City by city there is a current struggle to maintain the free markets without overregulation, to encourage entrepreneurship, and to advance the principles of liberty. Deals like the one you are considering right now reeks of cronyism and only advances the notion that that’s how big business gets done.
Seminole county is a prosperous and still wild and natural wonder. Just steps from the pavement paradise to the south, we maintain our individuality, much of that is kudos to you. Let’s keep the reputation that way. As was eloquently put, instead of the capricious whims, of an overreaching council.

Not too long ago the school I cofounded tried to get a zoning exemption just a mile from the former flea world We were flat out denied despite having all the proper paperwork, even being guided by a member of the commission, and having the blessing of all of her would be neighbors.

The flat denial of small business trying to survive and meet its needs while taking money and then creating financial incentive for big business doesn’t bode well for people seeking reelections.

Now I know those are slightly separate issues, zone exemptions versus development, but we’re talking about small business needs versus big business needs and you’re apparent tendency to meet the latter while ignoring the former. That’s how it’s going to look to the dozens of families employees as well as other small business entrepreneurs wh had to jump through hoops without the luxury of being able to contribute to campaigns first.

What we are asking is not a lot. We are literally asking you to do almost nothing. If a homeowner finds a lot they’re interested in, it’s they’re full responsibility beginning to end to develop that lot. If you would like to sweeten a deal and try to attract a developer to come and create jobs in that area, and it’s a sweet area, and I suggest getting completely out of the way, reduce restrictions, reduce intrusive regulations, keep business and employment related taxes low, better yet don’t penalize success in anyway. Allow for more zoning exemptions so small businesses can get started.

It’s a free market solution to this that doesn’t require backroom deals and even keeps campaign contributions, however legal and transparent, above board

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