Recent Handouts

Below are a few handouts that We Are Perdido has used in recent meetings. We encourage citizens to print and distribute these as they discuss the topic of Perdido’s municipal incorporation. If you are unable to print these, or want multiple copies to hand out at your own meetings, please contact us and We Are Perdido can provide these resources to your group or organization.

Could Perdido become a town?

As a municipality, Perdido’s citizens would gain a unified local voice, the ability to make local decisions, and a seat at the table. This quick one-page overview answers common questions, and is a great place to begin the conversation.

What would we gain? How does the process work? Who gets to decide? When could this happen? What is “Government Lite?” What would it mean to me? Another layer of bureaucracy?

Myths vs Facts

It is important that citizens have the correct information. The topic of becoming a town brings up many questions and may even cause people to jump to false conclusions. This myths vs facts guide help clear up some common misconceptions we have heard in our initial discussions.

This is a helpful resource for HOA meetings, neighborhood meetups, and when talking to your friends and neighbors about what it could mean if Perdido became a town.

Government Lite

The term “government lite” is new to many people, but knowing what it means is key understanding what We Are Perdido is exploring as an option for the Perdido community. Forget what you know about big cities and how they work. This is a new model used by newer, award-winning Florida cities.

The article Government Lite was originally published in the July 1997 issue of Public Management. Authored by Marsha Segal-George, the then town manager of Fort Myers Beach, Florida, documented not only the philosophy, but some of the early successes of the model that their town enjoyed.

This article is a must-read, as it is key to understanding the basis of the “government lite” model.

The Proposed Area

After speaking with residents across the greater Perdido area, the boundaries illustrated on the maps below were identified as what many considered to be “Perdido.” Residents often referred to themselves as living in Perdido Key, Perdido Bay, or Perdido. Additionally, the borders corresponded almost exactly to the boundaries of four voting precincts (numbered on one of the maps below), and precisely followed boundaries of US census tract blocks.

Again, the proposed boundaries for Perdido are for research purposes, and a starting point for the feasibility study. During the study process, the feasibility study firm will also look at bordering areas that could be considered, or areas that could be adjusted given input from local residents. One can reasonably expect to see a few variations on these maps during the study process. 

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