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AN IMPORTANT VOTE

Seething politics tear at Cory Lake - Oct. 19

The article on my community correctly captured the essence of the current political landscape - it's ultracompetitive this year. But it's also important to know that the political posturing of both sides has resulted in a great deal of misinformation, both in the press and otherwise.

Without a doubt, this is a critically important election for residents of Cory Lake Isles, as we complete the transition from a developer-influenced to a resident-controlled community. This process is common in Community Development Districts: As the number of residents increases over time, so should their control of local government.

Our transition started in 2006 and will end when my successor is sworn in to office. (I am retiring after a professionally and personally rewarding 17-year career.) The reality is that the current board - indeed, a relatively "thankless" job - has diligently paved a path for Cory Lakes Isles to maintain its distinct island-like atmosphere.

I can only hope that those who are elected in the November election will uphold the quality of life of an upscale community like ours.

This community has been a labor of love for the last 37 years, and I'm proud of what Cory Lake Isles has become. Our tropical landscaping, beautiful lakes and brick roads truly set us apart as one of the most desired communities in Hillsborough County.

Gene Thomason, developer, board supervisor and resident, Cory Lake Isles

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