Dateline: Five Flags Rotary….Fairchild vs. O’Sullivan
August 15, 2006
The Community Maritime Park debate was the featured program at the Five Flags Pensacola Rotary Club yesterday: Charlie Fairchild of Stop Our City versus Mort O’Sullivan for the CMP.
No real fireworks, although O’Sullivan got very passionate about the project and earned applause several times.
Even though that particular Rotary has an older membership (Downtown Rotary is the oldest), the crowd wasn’t as friendly to Fairchild as he had hoped. Fairchild tried all his best lines – emails show a conspiracy, $100 million giveaway, need for national RFP…but I had one Rotarian – who’s not tied to either camp – tell me that Fairchild just kept speaking in circles.
Several were frustrated that their new campaign signs says they can build a better park, but Fairchild offered no alternative plans or ideas.
Fear and negativity don’t work well on Rotarians. O’Sullivan won the debate.
[Edited – had the wrong club name originally]