She ignored the Sarasota Young Professionals, who two days ago held a sold out, half day conference which was specifically designed to help young professionals develop professionally and personally, while showing them how to plug into their local community.
She left out the fact that there is more happening in Sarasota now than ever before, and while I agree that there is much left to do, I also think that there has been no better time to be in this town as a young professional than right now.
I agree with many of the problems Shelby points out about Sarasota in her article, especially the fact that the city and county commission could use some fresh blood. I also agree that we could use a few more dining and entertainment options that cater to a younger demographic, along with some more affordable places to live, but who is going to advocate for those things if we all keep moving away?
I am sure Houston is a great city, and hopefully Shelby finds her stride in her new hometown, but to compare Houston to Sarasota is a little disingenuous.
Sarasota is not, and will never be, a big city. It’s a quirky, creative beach town, that more closely resembles a prepubescent teenager trying to decide who it wants to be when it grows up.
It is in the next 5 years that the future of this city will forever be locked in and we need as many people as possible pulling in a new direction if we ever want to see any real change in this town.
I for one see the opportunity in being here to influence that growth. Slowly pushing for progress so that one day the area might actually become more attractive to young talent.
And it is for those reasons that we need to come together to claim our seat at the table. Because there is one waiting for us, we just haven’t been sitting in it.
So… What are you gonna do about it? Are you gonna run away with your head tucked between your legs? Or are you going to dig in and help us shape the future of this city we all love?
Because at the end of the day, it’s up to you and me. No one is going to give us the things we want. But if we work together, we can go out and get them for ourselves.
Who’s with me?
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