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Tom Matrullo came to SW Florida from New York City in 1989. Over the next decade, he covered construction and development for the Herald Tribune. He saw firsthand how regional planners grappled with large scale developments threatening to overwhelm with asphalt, drywall and cars. When Rick Scott consigned regional and state oversight of development to oblivion, local governments were left to their own devices to stand up for sound planning. The Celery Fields debacle with the Gabbert Waste Facility revealed that Sarasota County no longer adheres to the vision of intelligent growth that once had been the hallmark of the county. With Glenna Blomquist and other concerned citizens, Matrullo formed Fresh Start to explore a commonsense way forward to preserve and protect Nature’s amazing gift of the Celery Fields. They continue to work for recognition of this very special place — and for the public good that comes from sensible, transparent planning. His citizens blog can be found at http://sarasotavision2050.
As a homeowner on Palmer Boulevard, Glenna Blomquist has participated in Palmer East Group and her immediate neighborhood Mockingbird Parish to support commonsense planning for areas east of the Packinghouse District. She retired from St. Petersburg in 2014, and translates her passion for community formation to her new community with a dedication to learning about our government and influences on the future of Sarasota County. Her commitment to preserving the Celery Fields area remains a current focus, along with participating with neighbors in fighting loss of habitat and pollution. She serves on the boards of the Environmental Confederation of Southwest Florida and Control Growth Now.