Can We All Get Along? Forum Poll Concludes with an Editorial and Your Comments

Thanks to all of you who participated in this poll  (see the post below) . The question was, “Do you believe that we can have harmonious relationships between the Co-op and the THA in the future?”

36 Tropicana residents were willing to respond.  The question asked for opinions at this point in time,  and such  opinions could  change in the future, depending on the course of events.

Of course, the numbers are too small to come to any definite conclusion, but I believe we have learned something important:  It seems that there may be a significant number of residents who are not optimistic about relationships within the park. They either voted NO or UNDECIDED, so, at the least, I think we can say that this result provides a clue–a wakeup call–about a problem that should be addressed.

If you accept the idea that there is a problem, then  we have to conclude that the various organized groups in the park have not done enough to encourage a harmonious environment here. But, it is a situation that ought to be fixable, and  the forthcoming meeting between the THA and the Co-op may be a beginning.

Based on this concern,  all the citizens of the park ought to be thinking of how to work together towards consensus, trust  and neighborliness.  Maybe what is needed is a Tropicana council of leaders who meet regularly and whose only job is to find ways to bridge the gaps.  This group should consist of:  Presidents of the various organizations;  the resident manager, and Newby management;   but also another constituency should have a seat at the table; let’s call them the “unaffiliated residents.”   And , in the interest of transparency, allow the press in the room as  well,  including the Social Club newsletter, the Tropicana Forum and any other publications that might be active in the park.  And please, no secret closed meetings.

—Paul Goldfinger, editor, The Tropicana Forum  (

Please comment below regarding your opinions about this poll result.