Palmer Trinity School in Palmetto Bay tried to expand and now they are trying to appease their neighbors with a bribe/peace offering, depending on how you look at it.
I think Palmetto Bay’s Palmer Trinity is betting on the community naively accepting the tickets and the warm fuzzy letter at face value. Actually, it makes me think of the times I invited the neighbors to my parties, because if they came or not, they would not complain about the noise because I thoughtfully included them in my planned chaos.
To be honest, I think the tickets represent a zoning hearing strategy. I can envision it now: The Palmer Trinity attorneys standing before the Palmetto Bay Town Council, explaining how they reached out and touched their neighbors. I have a news flash for those guys. Palmer Trinity is already reaching out and touching the community with traffic, noise and lawsuits. Yes, the school creates community based action, but not the kind most folks respond to in a happy way. Folks getting the tickets in the mail ought to think about the strings attached.
Meanwhile, I have a suggestion for Palmer Trinity. Next time, take the money you plan to spend on printing and mailing those letters and place it directly in the hands of the charity, Red Cross for Haitian Relief. The community isn’t asking for special favors from you. They want to be treated just like any other neighbor, like the parents of your students, they want peace and quiet at home.