Space Florida’s Board of Directors approve the creation of a bonus plan for employees. Under the plan, the maximum amounts of annual payouts would depend on employees’ positions. Some employees could receive a bonus worth five percent of their pay while President and Chief Executive Officer Frank DiBello, who is paid $267,952 a year, would be eligible to receive up to 50 percent of his pay — $133,976. Board Member Biter:
All we’re doing is agreeing that this is the structure, that this makes sense. When the actual numbers come back, we’ll have the opportunity to discuss and say that’s way too much or that’s too little.
In a rebuttal to Sarasota Herald Tribune columinist, Tom Lyons, Biter says:
Sarasota has been my home for over 13 years and I care deeply for the long-term success of our city. While my vision for a more vibrant downtown or my political views or even my religious views might not jibe with Lyons’, his outright lying to your readers to make a point goes against everything I’ve ever been taught about ethics in journalism.
Biter notes that Lyons does not live in Sarasota and clarifies his support for the “strong mayor” proposal.
My support is centered on the best way to do things for the future of our city. It is not necessarily an indictment of the current commission. However, the ability for them to lead under the current form of government is not conducive to the needs of our exceptional city. Our city is not dying but that does not mean it couldn’t be better.
At a Rotary Club meeting, Biter attacks a group of downtown residents who participate in Sarasota Commission and Planning Board meetings
They’re afraid of 20-somethings spilling out of clubs at 2 am and bellowing at the moon. They’re afraid of throbbing music and honking horns.
Biter laments that commissioners feel they have no choice but to turn down projects that would, in his opinion, make downtown better. Biter plans to build a 180-unit apartment provide 800-to-1,000-square-foot apartments for rent at about $1,200 a month.