A no-brainer: Flowers would blossom here

A no-brainer: Flowers would blossom here

There are 15 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Nov 2, 2007, titled A no-brainer: Flowers would blossom here. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Good, evil. Black, white. Yin, yang. This is not a tough choice Lake County commissioners will be making Tuesday.

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JAS Clermont

United States

#1 Nov 2, 2007
Once again, Lauren, you're right on the money. However, when it comes to making simple decisions based on good, solid research, I can't help but worry that the lame-brains that get to decide on important issues like this one will make the wrong decision...again. Here's hoping that I'm wrong!
ralph

Sorrento, FL

#2 Nov 2, 2007
Again you are right on the Flowers and Niagara decision. Unfortunately the industrial development board is not. However your solution in suggesting that the person in the economic development directors seat should be making the decision is just as lame. First of all why does this position even exist? It was nothing more than political payback for the laying down at Comm Cadwells, Hansons, Pools and Hills feet in regards to the steamrolling of the City of Tavares concerns over the parking garage downtown. As I told FORMER Comm Hanson, I believe the county owes Tavares 100K to supplant the pay given to the former city administrator for her duplicity in this matter. And as you said this one is a no brainer. Hmm, maybe you're right, she could handle this one.
Old Timer

Leesburg, FL

#3 Nov 2, 2007
"Perhaps commissioners should be taking two votes Tuesday -- the first to welcome Flowers and the second to do away with an authority that seems determined to drive solid business prospects away." I could agree more Lauren. What lame brain idiot would want a company that sucks us dry over one that is of value to our economy? Please stay on this one Lauren...for all of us.
Chamber Chick

Lady Lake, FL

#4 Nov 2, 2007
Thank you Lauren! Let me understand, discussions and planning continues regarding buliding a 500 million dollar pipeline to provide water to the residents of Lake County, but we are going to allow a private corporation to bottle and sell the water we have now! Where is the common sense of those making recommendations to our elected leaders. I think we should place more emphasis on conservation and preservation and truly begin to protect our natural resources. Keep shining the light!
lake27

Tallahassee, FL

#5 Nov 2, 2007
JAS Clermont wrote:
Once again, Lauren, you're right on the money. However, when it comes to making simple decisions based on good, solid research, I can't help but worry that the lame-brains that get to decide on important issues like this one will make the wrong decision...again. Here's hoping that I'm wrong!
Please don't lump all of the commissioners together as "lame-brains" The two new commissioners Renick and Stewart were elected to combat the kind of voting you are talking about. So far they have lived up to their campaign promises. Unfortunately, they are often outvoted 3-2.

FSL

Since: Nov 07

Eustis, FL

#7 Nov 2, 2007
I'm surprised that with all the talk, more people haven't petitioned to be on the ballot to run against the last three incumbents....
Dave

Boston, MA

#8 Nov 2, 2007
I hope they vote yes for the Flower's company. Lake county needs the jobs.
Brian

Los Angeles, CA

#9 Nov 2, 2007
Ms. Richie, your article is highly misleading. I know becasue I was there. You, unfortunately, were not. The IDA was uncomfortable with one aspect of the incentive package, but made it perfectly clear that they want the Bakery in Lake County. The IDA just wasn't prepared to approve that part of the package that discounted land prices (which would result in the County competing with private land sellers).

You say: the "authority (IDA).. seems determined to drive solid business prospects away." This absolutely was not the message they were sending to the bakery. You should have attended the meeting before printing this highly misleading article.
The Ronster

Gainesville, FL

#10 Nov 3, 2007
Please go to hometowndemocracy.com to learn how we can decide how our communities are planned.
Don

Traverse City, MI

#11 Nov 3, 2007
Brian is clearly a company mouthpiece whose opinion is worthless.
get em lauren

Clermont, FL

#12 Nov 3, 2007
Send the bottlers packing!

We DO NOT WANT water bottlers taking our precious pure aquifer water, or our lake/river water at that matter either.

Bring in Flowers, they will be much more responsible with our resources.
jrs

Melbourne, FL

#13 Nov 3, 2007
Red an article on Yahoo where they put Bottled Water second on their list of bad products. With Home Water Filteration units now avaliable bottled water will soon be like the 8 track tape a thing of the past! I know because I have one most Refridgerators also come with Water Filterations units. Home Builders need to start throwing in free Water Filteration units in their new homes will be no need for this plant at all. Want 200 jobs in Groveland bad enough build a Target or Publix!
jrs

Melbourne, FL

#14 Nov 3, 2007
If St Johns gives them the permit I'd call for an Internal Investigation on St.Johns for any dirty money
Blah Blah Blah

Orlando, FL

#15 Nov 3, 2007
get em lauren wrote:
Send the bottlers packing!
We DO NOT WANT water bottlers taking our precious pure aquifer water, or our lake/river water at that matter either.
Bring in Flowers, they will be much more responsible with our resources.
Yes you say that now but, you will be the first one to scream that the unemployment rate is high and the government of Lake County is not doing enough to attrack "real" paying jobs!

I am all in for bringing in the Flowers company, but they burn up resources too.

Once again control growth (and resource usage), don't kill business..

Some of you will never get it.
Dennis Franklin

Apopka, FL

#16 Nov 5, 2007
Forget about the $ figures and do the right thing or things.
No. 1 Don't give away or sell our valuable resourses.
No. 2 Let the bakery rise.

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