SIGNS WARNING OF DANGEROUS ALLIGATORS AT BENDERSON PARK NEED TO BE PUT BACK UP
By JON SUSCE
|Due to the recent tragedy at a Disney facility in Orlando in which a two year old child was attacked by an alligator, resulting in the death of the child, Benderson Development and SANCA officials need to replace the signs they removed at the Sarasota County facility that they manage (The Nathan Benderson Rowing Park). Signs warned individuals of the potential dangers presented by alligators cohabitating the lake.|
CALLS NOT RETURNED CONCERNING PUBLIC SAFETY
|Calls to Benderson Development officials, SANCA officials and various Sarasota County officials inquiring as to why the signs have been taken down have not been returned.|
PUBLIC NOT WARNED OF PRESENCE OF ALLGATORS AT PARK
|It’s incredible that with the thousands of individuals participating in hundreds of events at the facility that Benderson and SANCA officials have taken down warning signs; signs which advise of the presence of dangerous alligators and the ever-present potential of alligators attacking unsuspecting individuals. Signs read: “NO BOATING, FISHING OR SWIMMING”.
According to former Sarasota County Sheriff Deputy and Sarasota City Commissioner Shannon Snyder, while serving as a deputy for the SOS he became aware of five bull alligators being pulled from the lake by divers involved in removing a car from the lake.
|In addition, it’s incredible that the thousands of individuals with children, who use the park for other leisure activities centered around the Benderson facility, are not being warned of the presence of alligators in the lake—which is especially critical during mating season.|
|ALLIGATORS REMOVED FROM BENDERSON PARK BEFORE EVENTS|
|THE SARASOTA PHOENIX has learned from reliable sources that Benderson officials have in the past on numerous occasions, used trained personnel to remove alligators from the Benderson facility. The reason stated had to do with public safety concerns, fearing the potential danger of alligator attacks. The removal of the alligators reportedly took place before events at the rowing facility.|
|SARASOTA COUNTY COMMISSIONONCE|
|AGAIN CALLS NOT RETURNED|
|Once again, calls from THE SARASOTA PHOENIX to Benderson officials, SANCA officials and various Sarasota County Commissioners inquiring as to whether alligators have been removed from the lake prior to previous events, and if the practice will continue, have not be returned.|
|BENDERSON IGNORES UNWRITTEN RULE|
|The unwritten rule for Florida residents: Individuals, especially children are to keep away from ponds and lakes because alligators are everywhere. Warning signs are to be posted in public locations where alligators are present, making the public aware of the danger. For example, there is just such a warning sign in front of the pond at a Sarasota County facility called the BOB Building. This county facility serves as the workplace for hundreds of Sarasota County employees and is visited by numerous individuals who have business with Sarasota County officials on a daily basis.
There is little doubt that if signs warning individuals of possible alligator attacks had been in place at the Disney facility in Orlando, the recent tragedy may well have been avoided.
|WHY HAS DISNEY TAKEN ACTION NOW AND NOT BEFORE THE TRAGEDY ?|
|Why has attention to the danger of alligators to children and other unsuspecting individuals—especially tourists who are unaware of the dangers presented by alligators in Florida lakes and ponds— only now being addressed? Why are warning signs only now being considered after an alligator killed a two year old Nebraska boy at a Walt Disney world resort, and NOT before the tragedy.
In a state with an estimated 1 million alligators, the question once again arises: Just how should theme parks and other attractions such as Benderson’s rowing facility warn visitors, and does Disney and other billion dollar corporations like Benderson Development do enough?
|DISNEY PARK CLOSED|
|Disney beaches have remained closed after the death of Lane Graves, and the company said it was reviewing policies that do not currently include posting alligator warnings around park waters.According to Jacquee Wahler, Vice-president of Walt Disney World Resort, the review “includes the number, placement and wording of our signage and warnings.”|
|DOES BENDERSON PARK NEED TO BE TEMPORARILY CLOSED?|
|The question now arises that if a billion dollar corporation like Disney is closing facilities where individuals could be in danger of alligator attacks, should the Sarasota County Commissioners demand that the billion dollar Benderson Corporation and SANCA officials close down the Benderson rowing facility temporarily, pending a review of polices that are supposed to protect the public’s safety at the park. Such a review needs to include why the posted alligator warnings signs were taken down?|
|BENDERSON “FLUNKIES”NEED TO TAKE ACTION WHY WERE SIGNS TAKEN DOWN?|
|There is little doubt that the last thing desired by Benderson Development and SANCA is the presence of warning signs around the rowing facility making individuals aware of the dangers associated with the presence of an untold number of alligators cohabitating the Randy Benderson Rowing Park. This is especially true with the numerous rowing events taking place at the facility, especially considering that thousands are coming for the international rowing event in 2017.
If Benderson wasn’t concerned with presence of warning signs being placed at his facility, why did he take them down? The Sarasota County Commissioners need to ascertain why Benderson had the signs taken down.
Unfortunately for the Benderson flunkies sitting on the Sarasota County Commission, who are reluctant to go up against Benderson due to the fact they are documented as fitting nicely into Randy Benderson’s pockets, they need to demand Benderson replace the signs that he took down in the interest of public safety.
In addition, Benderson’s “gofers” on the Sarasota County Commission need to assure the public, from which they have appropriated millions of dollars for a rowing facility that brings $millions$ in profits for Benderson projects surrounding the lake, that Benderson will follow Disney’s directives in protecting public safety in a place loaded with dangerous all