Gulf1: SOC failed because of PNJ picture
September 13, 2006
Here is why William Cobb (Stop Our City supporter) believes the Community Maritime Park passed – as per his letter posted on gulf1.com:
False Representation by William T. Cobb
I am concerned that the (Artistic?) pictures printed so many times and so boldly by the Pensacola News Journal, depicting the ballpark as about 40% of the width of the “Trillium” property, probably were not knowledgeably analyzed by any of those who voted for the “Park?”.
Having checked the site personally, I see that the ball park, PNJ-depicted as 40% of the width of the property, would take only about 300 feet, including stands and all. What would be the Homeplate-to-fence dimension of such a ballpark? Will the Ball Park take a greater slice of the property in the final design?
All of the features of the depicted “Park” would have to be designed for Midget occupancy in order to get a semblance of the ballyhooed “Vision”.
I also think it wrong for the publications, and the fanciful “mailings”, to have shown a great expanse of Beach on the east side of the property, where there is none (and probably never will be), making the property appear larger than it is.
In summary, I believe that the Public was misled by the Promotions of the CMPA, with a majority of the Councilmen supporting, and that the Citizens will eventually see a vastly different “Park” that mainly serves the “Special Interests” that raised the huge “Campaign Fund”.
I believe that the producers of the “conceptual” drawings so widely used bear some responsibility for mis-informing the Public on a matter of civic importance.
Cobb will not accept that Save Our City was the one caught misrepresenting the facts – no maritime park, giveaway to a millionaire, just a ballpark, no citizen input, $1-a-year lease.