There’s no “I” in TEAM, but there’s three in FINGER POINTING.

The Gateway Sun was disappointed to learn that multiple individuals who are directly involved with the GSCDD (whom we’re choosing not to name at this time) are openly blaming the Supervisors for the lack of progress in the Lake Bank Restoration Project.

And we’re not just talking about water-cooler talk here. Oh no.. the people we’re referring to blamed the Supervisors in a public setting.

One resident (again, we’re keeping names out of this) told the Sun that the GSCDD staff/contractors we’re referring to said that the Supervisors kept “changing things and tying up the project.”

Is it true? Are the Supervisors delaying things from getting done?

Your elected officials have never been through this situation before, and at times they’re being cautious so as to not cause more problems than they solve. There’s also the small fact that the district doesn’t have the estimated additional $4 million to $5 million it will take to solve the entire problem in every area of Gateway.

So yes, there’s a learning curve for all involved and the GSCDD doesn’t have all the answers. But to suggest the Supervisors are “tying up the project” is complete nonsense.

It’s truly unfortunate that the staff/contractors have resorted to playing the blame game.

The reality is that the GSCDD is never going to be one cohesive unit that’s able to function in perfect harmony, but they should really learn to at least pretend they’re all on the same team, especially when speaking to members of the public.

It’s probably safe to say that this wasn’t the first time these individuals blamed the Supervisors when speaking to a resident – but let’s hope it’s the last time.

Editor of the Gateway Sun and owner of restaurant delivery service Florida Food Runner.

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