By OB Joe
Just noticing that there are 5 potential open seats on the OB Planning Board, I have a special plea to the Board:
Please Appoint Some Tenants !
Six out of every 7 OBceans are people who rent – tenants. And from I can remember of the goals of the OB Planning Board in the beginning – yea, I was there – the planning committee is supposed to represent and reflect the makeup of the citizens, property owners and businesses of OB.
But 6 out of 7 are renters, who don’t own property and who don’t own businesses. In my interpretation, that means that the Board ought to have a large majority of renters on it.
So how many tenants or renters are on the present OB Planning Board? I don’t really know. I know the following – by looking at the Planning Board internet site and from paying attention – that Tom, Pete, Scott, Bill and John all own their homes. I don’t know about Rae, Drew, Andrew or Kevin. So, that’s more than half of the current sitting Board – are home owners.
Hey, nothing wrong about owning your own home. I’m just saying that our planners should be more representative of the vast majority of OB residents.
It’s probably true but sad, that it’s the homeowners and businessmen and women who are more interested in planning affairs these days. So, they are the ones who come to the meetings, who want to keep their property nice, and they are they ones who want to get appointed or who run for the seats.
But let me tell you – tenants, renters care about our community too! Just because we don’t own a piece of OB physically does not mean we don’t care about OB. Some of us are even proud to be tenants, living a minimalist style of living, trying to live in harmony with nature and our neighbors.
We still have a stake in the neighborhood, bro!