‘Switcheroo’ on Martin development still possibleSeptember 2nd, 2011 by Post Staff
Post columnist Sally Swartz says there’s time for a small celebration by Martin County activists whose protests helped persuade Martin County Commissioners to turn down projects that would have broken down barriers to western sprawl.
But she says the stand against Hobe Sound Polo Club and the withdrawal of a request by Canopus Sound don’t mean that other, bigger proposed projects are dead. She’s particularly suspicious that Commissioner Patrick Hayes might provide a third vote, with Commissioners Doug Smith and Ed Ciampi, to approve projects in western Martin County.
She writes that “Mr. Hayes for months has been singing the praises of Canopus Sound to anyone who would listen, and had real trouble explaining why he voted against it Tuesday. He seemed to be in almost physical pain as he explained how much he wanted to vote for it. But he concluded, oh-so-reluctantly, that a ‘yes’ vote was legally indefensible. He wants it to return in a form he can approve.
“So a last minute Hayes Switcheroo on Hobe Grove or Harmony, when the developments come before the commission later this year or in early in 2012, would not be a first.”
Read Sally’s full column here.