Port Royal Cocktail Party Buzz
August 19, 2006
Bill Smart is working hard to convince his Port Royal neighbors that they should vote down the Community Maritime Park.
Port Royal is the only gated community in downtown Pensacola on the waterfront. The public can’t walk on its docks or fish off its shoreline. The units run from $500,000 to over a million. The development has benefited greatly from the investments and improvements made by Community Redevelopment Agency downtown. It’s also located next to the Trillium property.
Bill had a 33-year career in Abbott: senior vp of Abbott Laboratories and the president of Abbott Ross Laboratories. He’s a Yankee who moved first to Gulf Breeze in the early 1990’s and then moved to Port Royal in 1997-98. I served on several Gulf Breeze Rotary Club boards with Bill and on the South Santa Rosa Utility Board.
He has made substantial donations to PJC and UWF. I never thought he would become a NIMBY – Not In My Back Yard. He is the biggest contributor to Stop Our City.
Bill is telling his neighbors to vote “No” because the lights from the baseball park, music from any concerts and the crowds of people using the Community Maritime Park will disturb his peace. Downtown is just fine as it is for him and his neighbors. He’s telling them the Main Street Sewage Treatment Plant won’t be moved until 2016.
This is really disturbing because in a recent viewpoint that Bill wrote for the PNJ – He said he didn’t think that anything should happen with the Trillium land until the plant was moved. In other words, if the CMP fails, Bill believes he will have a ten reprieve before anything is built near his million-dollar Port Royal unit….by then, the odds of Bill still being alive or in Pensacola are slim.
….Stop Our City has no waterfront plan. If they win, nothing will happen for 10 years.
Meanwhile, young professionals move away, poor kids go hungry, healthcare becomes a luxury and the homeless numbers grow.
Isn’t this how the French Revolution started? Rich people living behind walls. Poor left to fend for themselves.