Endorsements mean a lot, but endorsements from a former opponent can be particularly welcome in a runoff. I found this compelling and, although Amelia Island Net is already in favor of Orlando Avila, the note from Mr. Monzon below says quite a bit about Avila’s class and volumes about a gracious opponent.
Beyond the endorsement, one particular sentence stood out. Medardo Monzon says, “I believe that Orlando will continue my efforts of working collaboratively with the mills to reduce their environmental footprint, while his opponent will attempt to weaken the two largest employers in our city, thus threatening the livelihood of about 1000 families.” Essentially, Avila’s opponent opposed one of the cleanest and most environmentally friendly project ever proposed for Amelia Island. Lignotec’s new facility is currently under construction and is not only environmentally friendly, it stabilizes one local mill by reducing waste and makes use of a complimentary byproduct.
Anyone we elect as a commisioner should understand the value of local industry and understand why we should nurture a diverse local economy.
So, I would urge you to vote on December 12th and vote for common sense, economic diversity, deep ties to the community and Orlando Avila. Jobs and diversity make it affordable to live on the island. We’re one of the rare Florida coastal communities with an economic base extending far beyond tourism.