Stop Our City ironies
July 29, 2006
The biggest financial backer of SOC lives in a gated community that doesn’t allow public access to Pensacola Bay. Yet SOC says they’re for public access.
One of the founders of SOC sold his office building that was once in a belighted area that was renovated with Community Redevelopment dollars. Yet he wants to abolish the CRA for other property owners.
Another founder of SOC was the real estate agent for the sale of land next to the Trillium property. He didn’t recommend to the City that they buy the land instead so that the public could enjoy it.
Downtown Pensacola provides more sales tax dollars and fees to the general fund than the property taxes of any residential neighborhood. Yet SOC would want us to believe the neighbors are subsidizing the CRA and Downtown Pensacola.
SOC is upset about being criticized, but they have attacked and been negative for over a year. Check out their website. Listen to clips from their BLAB show that I’ve posted to this blog. Character assassination is a key component of their political campaign.
Every community in this country wants local investors – who care about the community and who will keep the dollars in the community. SOC wants outside investors – who manage from afar and will wire their revenues out of the area nightly.