Latest update on WSRE CMP debate

August 31, 2006

Bsoc signUPDATE: Last minute panel change of participants for tonight’s
Maritime Park program

[Pensacola, FL August 31, 2006 1:15 pm CST] The participants in
tonight’s scheduled ‘live’ broadcast of a question and answer
forum with representatives from the Friends of the Waterfront Park and
the Save Our City groups has been changed.

Due to a family emergency, Charles Fairchild will not be appearing on
tonight’s program as previously scheduled. Instead, Tommy White will
join Marty Donovan to represent Save Our City, a group of citizens that
opposes the current community maritime park project.

Park proponents, Mort O’Sullivan and Quint Studer will represent the
Friends of the Waterfront Park group.

WSRE-TV’s live broadcast of this special one-hour broadcast of
Connecting the Community will air tonight, Thursday, August 31 at 7 p.m.
The broadcast will feature a question and answer forum from both sides
of the controversy taking questions from a panel of local journalists.

WSRE moderator Robin Woods will host the panel of journalists that will
ask fair and balanced, yet challenging questions to both sides. The
panel of journalist include: Carlton Proctor, Pensacola News Journal;
Duwayne Escobedo, Independent News; Dave Dunwoody, WUWF-FM Public Radio
and Dan Thomas, WEAR-TV.

The televised discussion will offer a final, comprehensive look at the
option of building a multi-use community park on Pensacola’s downtown
bay front, just days before city voters decide to approve or reject the
park development.

Pensacola residents will vote September 5 to support or strike down a
city council vote to create a maritime park located on a controversial
30 acre parcel of bay front property owned by the city.

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6 Responses to “Latest update on WSRE CMP debate”

  1. Joe Says:

    I sent a question, but they didn’t read it.

    Marty was citing the 2-acre parcel off Bayfront again as the exemplum of the “process” he wants, yet I don’t recall any public input on ideas for that property WHATSOEVER, much less the “tabula rasa” he claims we should have gotten for Trillium. My question was: if the process was so great on those 2 acres, where was the public input? Why the double standard?

    But Marty’s overall message was beyond belief: after the expensive $70 million Park is defeated, everyone in Pensacola should write down all their wildest ideas and dreams for the property, “we” (Marty?) will somehow merge all those ideas into something that everyone will agree on, and it will cost a fraction of the current proposal. Why, he’s an honest-to-God miracle worker!

  2. Dick Trickle Says:

    Joe,
    Get a life. You not only watched the debate but you always have something to say. Have you not made up your mind already?

  3. A Cordova Park Pro-Parker Says:

    I almost dropped my beer, (I enjoyed the event this evening Rick!!), when I heard Marty LIE about knocking on the doors of his constituents and the majority of them telling him they were aginst the park.

    The Mighty Marty has never darkened my door step nor ever communicated with me re: the park or any other issue. I have sent him e-mails about the park which I live across from, as well as issues surrounding the athletic activities at Roger Scott, and he has not once responded.

    The guy is useless and makes no effort to engae us “constituents” what so ever.

    Marty himself might be facing an ethics investigation when this is all over and done with. I have a mjor issue with my elected representative heading up a PAC which itself is conducting unethical activities.

    By the way, who the heck is Tommy White

  4. Bill Braskey Says:

    Donovan’s refusing to answer questions along with White’s deer in the headlights routine speak volumes regarding the inadequacy that is the SOC. I’m sure that those with open minds viewed just that last night.

  5. can't wait till Sept. 6th Says:

    I was only able to tune in for a few minutes, but i did catch the point at which Tommy White was extoling the virtues of the family-friendly, well used park around the Texas Ranger Stadium, with an amusement park and water park and on and on. Quint Studer’s reply…yea, I’ve spoken with the Rangers’ Manager, Buck Sholwalter, and he said they built the stadium first and the rest came later…. Priceless! CMPA should use it as last minute advertising….

  6. jay Says:

    Well ole Marty got his way today. The city used thier open process on the 9th ave property and we get more CONDO’S! I think the development on 9th is good but thank God we have a chance to keep the condo’s of the waterfront park property next week. If we leave it to Marty we wont have any waterfront acess.

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