I should have said as seen by www.ramblingmoose.com and my readers this week.
The reality is that of the top five topics here, a blog that is billed as an open letter to my sister, three of them were strictly about Wilton Manors.
Sure, people like my pictures, and they hit my posting about the Mexican Petunias, but that was not the majority by a long shot.
I am a Project Manager and Web Developer as well as a lot of other things, so my posting on how to stop Hotmail from annoying you by using the delete key to delete emails was even more popular. I guess I still can write technical documents - That's going to be brought up in my next interview, and I am ACTIVELY looking for work.
60 Percent of you came here for information on what is going on here in Wilton Manors. I find that to be the norm but a bit of an obvious prediction.
I am active in the volunteer effort here. I have met some very interesting people, some are quite capable. Others like one particular person that I have the misfortune to run into, is dismally incompetent in what she does. Luckily she is a volunteer and she's getting paid exactly what she is worth. That is an almost direct quote from a Commissioner here...
We have a lot of people adding their opinions to the discussion, and while some are right and some are wrong, it is always a judgment call as to which one to follow. We cast our votes around the modern oracle of Delphi, and the best critical path to proceed is chosen.
The problem is that while the critical path has been chosen, the results do not show that the plan has been followed.
We say we want to do something about the problems at hand, but there hasn't been a lot of vision on how to proceed to get results from the Administration here in Wilton Manors.
I hear a lot of very good plans from the Volunteer space. Within the various groups that I have been involved in, I have been a part of fixing one of the problems with those who are on Wilton Manors Main Street and we have presented the plan to the City Commission. The plan itself is self funding however there has to be seed money. That is what the whole Tiger II grant discussion is about. Main Street has taken that original discussion that we brainstormed and with some amazing help from volunteers, the plan has gotten to the point where it can solve the parking problem in Wilton Manors.
The question is why hasn't it been done before? Things seem to work, after all so why change it?
That description is incorrect, it doesn't work well. Parking in Wilton Manors is dysfunctional. People flow into town to use the bars, they park all over the few spots that are available, and then spill out into every available nook and cranny and use that melted butter to winkle themselves into places where cars should not be. People's front yards, vacant home's driveways, blocking driveways, and double parking happened - all last Thursday Night and this is the Off Season. When the Snowbirds arrive, it gets worse.
We all agree Parking in Wilton Manors must be fixed. The question is when will it happen?
I have only seen three possible reasons for Parking to be fixed in town.
1) The Elephant in the Room is Gay vs Straight. The Old Guard here wants it to be the way it used to be .. back in 1955. Sorry, there's no place in the South Florida Sprawl that even remotely looks the way it did in 1955 and it isn't happening. Mom can't afford to stay home and bake cookies in that perfect Pleasantville way of life. There is much more equality these days, and we have a horrendous amount of work to do. This is not a Gay City, and it is not a Straight City. It is OUR city, we ALL live here and if you are of the mind set that you want them out, let me suggest that I-95 runs just west of town. Get on it and keep driving until you find a nice backwards place to live - whether you're straight or gay. Leave it for the vast majority who wants to live here and work together for our best common good.
2) Inaction. That will have to end in November. The prior administration has been hand wringing on a number of issues, parking is one of them. I moved here 4 years ago and I keep hearing about Parking Parking Parking. There have been a number of steps taken recently, all of which are bandages to keep things from getting markedly worse, but all are temporary. Meters are to pay for the lots that will have to go in places they aren't while people decide what to do. You have a plan, you know what to do, budget for it and move forward.
3) Finances. The market has crashed. The bubble has burst. We are in the Great Republican Induced Recession. Fortunately those who visit here are still coming. If something hasn't been done substantial to fix Parking Parking Parking, they won't come back. The temporary lot at Hagen Park is a start. Striping the Drive for Phase I of the Wilton Manors Main Street should be Priority Number One for who ever gets in to the Commission in November. We are under what the economists call The Economic Order Quantity for parking revenues. We don't take in enough to make a large enough surplus or profit to make the business worth going into. This is called by either too few hours or not enough spaces. In Wilton Manors, the solution is to add spaces and hours, Both.
The time to act is now. There are other organic economic problems with the way that Wilton Manors Business functions, but this has gone long, so I'll save that for another day...