Ronald Sachatello, Naples
Cost of cynicism
To quote a business maxim by a nonvisionary decision, Naples ended being great!
It has been reported that Naples City Council turned down a proposal to acquire the 22-acre Renaissance Village property site at the beginning of Fifth Avenue.
Council member Bill Barnett appeared singular in his vision to recommend the city buy this last, biggest, and best parcel of land in that vicinity. Barnett referred to this property as a "jewel" and he is absolutely correct.
The other council members appear silent or negative, and several others appear, to me, to absent in a vision for tourist enhancement and public access enrichment for Naples by their actions.
If this council lived in New York City when Central Park was being envisioned, they would have voted "no.''
Council members say this property has high cost, which equates with this property's high value.
The definition of a cynic is, "a person who knows the price of everything, but the value of nothing."
Why not consider a bonding proposal for citizens to vote for this property acquisition before this property is broken into smaller parcels and sold to developers who will make cookie-cutter condos and other exclusive private uses of this property.
In business there is a saying: "the only obstacle to a corporation or enterprise to becoming great is to be good."
By lack of vision by City Council, Naples will be good, but definitely lost the opportunity to go forward, and in the process, become great.