More faulty research from Elebash
August 29, 2006
Here’s retired professor C.C. Elebash’s latest paper on the Community Maritime Park:
2465 Downtown Crowd by C. C. Elebash
Yes, there is a “downtown crowd.”
The “downtown crowd” is a loosely knit group of people who either work downtown or have financial interests downtown. It is not a formal organization. There is no membership roster. The informal membership varies from time to time and from issue to issue.
They aim for the betterment of Pensacola. However, many reside outside the City, and they are sometimes out-of-step with City residents.
The “downtown crowd” climbed on the maritime park bandwagon without doing their homework. Like City Council, they were overwhelmed by the promoters. The Chamber of Commerce jumped on board without doing any independent analysis of the project. The Downtown Improvement Board (whose publication is called The Downtown Crowd) endorsed the proposal before it was even presented to City Council.
People who do not own property downtown are now asking: Why is our tax money being used to provide police and fire protection downtown while downtown taxes go to a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) which plans to spend millions on a baseball stadium?
The “downtown crowd” will be discredited when the baseball stadium is defeated by the referendum. They, along with City Hall and the media, are way “out on a limb” in support of the baseball stadium. The voters will probably cut off the limb on September 5.
Pensacola needs new leadership — elected and unelected.
We need leaders who will relate to people all over the City, not just to the “downtown crowd”. New leaders must earn the people’s confidence and move this community forward in a positive way. The City of Pensacola is in trouble, and the people are ready for fresh leadership and a new direction.
What I like about this viewpoint is a man who has done no real research chastises others for not doing research. Again we are to accept his pronouncements based on his past career as a professor over a decade ago. No facts.
He tells us that he knows what the Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Improvement Board was thinking when they voted to be in favor of the Community Maritime Park. Since they don’t agree with him, then it’s obvious that they didn’t do their research….Not very logical. I’m not sure many active college professor would agree with his deductions.
What’s even more laughable is that the SOC emails show the Elebash, Donovan and Fairchild had made up their minds against the project long before the final proposal was drafted. Elebash admited he had already drafted an viewpoint against it months before the council’s vote.
And we’re suppose to accept his “research” as objective?
The fourth paragraph needs special analysis – because it shows Elebash may have other issues than the park proposal. But I’m not trained for such analysis and can’t read minds like Professor Elebash. Sounds like a vendatta may be involved here.
In the end, I agree the city needs leadership, but I don’t think it should be from a group of old white men who may be trying to relive past glory.
I think we need a little more diversity and open-mindedness or at least that’s what my research says.