Review of last eight days …also known as SOC craps out

September 4, 2006

lensThe past eight days have not been very good for Stop Our City. They took hits on all fronts and saw the public pick apart their political stunts and arguments.

NEWS JOURNAL SAYS VOTE ‘YES”
The week began with the Pensacola News Journal’s editorial board endorsing the Community Maritime Park plan (PNJ takes stand .

LEAGUE NOT HAPPY, BUT WON’T SUE
The Independent News discovers that the Escambia County League of Women Voters have no plans to sue the City of Pensacola over the referendum vote (League of Women Voters won’t sue).

GULF1 CENSORS PRO PARK COMMENTS
The anti-park web site – Gulf1.com – edits a letter from Jeff Deweese (Gulf1 pops the Weasel) and demands other pro-park writers to answer questions about the Main St. Sewage Plant (Gulf1.com underfire; Gulf1.com blasted again.) I replied with Answers to Gulf1.com questions.

ELEBASH RESEARCH REVEALED AS FAULTY
CC Elebash tries to debunk Montgomery baseball success (Elebash flunks finance). He also goes after the “downtown crowd” (More faulty research). He then bashes Roger MacDonald (Elebash bashes Roger MacDonald).

WIDOWS SPEAK OUT
Nancy Fetterman and Anna Whibbs write a viewpoint in honor of their husbands and in favor of the waterfront park (Message from Nancy Fetterman and Anna Whibbs).

CITY COUNCIL UNDER ATTACK
Tom Garner (Who is Tom Garner?) accuses City Council of violating Sunshine Laws (Garner charges City Council broke law). The City Attorney responds (City attorney answers). State Attorney dismisses it (Actual copy of State Attorney’s response to Garner complaint).

ATTORNEY INVESTIGATES
Atty Bob Kerrigan pays for independent review of CMP plan and finds nothing wrong. Issues press release in favor (Kerrigan’s independent review approves park).

WSRE DEBATE ALMOST DOESN’T HAPPEN
SOC tries to back out of WSRE televised debate on the park (Is SOC backing out?; WSRE responds), but they finally agree. Charlie Fairchild drops out and is replaced by Tommy White (Who is Tommy White?). Donovan attacks Independent News, this blog and me during the debate (Marty, tell us how you really feel). He also gets caught in a lie (Marty lied).

SOC GOES ON ATTACK WITH FLYER AND LETTERS BUT FALLS SHORT
SOC mails out new flyer focusing on the baseball park (New Stop Our City mailout). SOC leader Melanie Nichols bad-mouths Studer in PNJ Letter to the Editor (SOC Nichols). Marty’s wife, Helene, writes PNJ letter to editor charging CMP for dividing her family and the community (Marty’s wife feels SOC is the victim). Charlie Fairchild writes a viewpoint in PNJ (Fairchild viewpoint). And Jerry Howard writes one for Gulf1 (Gulf1.com: Jerry Howard says vote No ).

O’BRIEN LIKED FIRST PLAN
We uncover a column by Mark O’brien in favor of first Trillium plan (How did PNJ columnist Mark O’Brien feel about first Trillium plan?).

MARTY PLAYS FEAR CARD
Marty goes on WEAR’s In Focus and talks about gated communities (Marty talks of gated communities on WEAR).

TOP URBAN DESIGNER SPEAKS FOR PARK
Ray Gindroz writes to clarify his role in the citizen input and planning process (Gindroz weighs in on CMP debate).

MOMENTUM FOR  PARK BUILDS
A pro-park rally and fish fry on the Trillium property was well attended – Pro park has fantastic day.

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