Read fine print, please.
August 29, 2006
Here’s a letter to editor published by the PNJ today. The author cites what happened in Houston over 40 years ago as his reason to be against the Vince Whibbs, Sr., Community Maritime Park. You’ve got to love these old guys…They know their history….They also would have been telling Edison that electric lighting would never work after his first 100 failures trying to invent the first light blub.
DEAR PNJ EDITOR
I recall Houston many years ago. Oilers played in Rice Stadium. Small crowds. Houston Sports Association formed and proposed a domed stadium. “Make lots of money.” “Will pay for itself.” Public approved Harris County $20 million bond issue. Big hole dug. Ran out of money. Second $20 million bond issue.
Stadium opened. Outfielders couldn’t see fly balls in sun glare. Dome glass painted over. That’s when the public found out that they are responsible for all maintenance, modifications and repairs. Grass died. Astroturf put in.
Question asked: Why does public have to pay? Answer: The Sports Association gets the ticket receipts and concession profits. The county (public) picks up the expenses.
Moral: Read the fine print. Found out who pays and who gets before your vote.
— David B. Pendley
RO NOTE: Houston had a major league stadium that was experimental and had problems. An outdoor park isn’t rocket science. Plus, a lot has changed in the past 40 years (we have color TV now).
The county isn’t picking up the expenses. Please do read the fine print and get to know the facts. The agreements are on the City of Pensacola website.