What happened in the CRA meeting of 7 22 14 reminds me of two tactical approaches I have witnessed in the past.
- In 2002 Joan and I went searching to buy a van. We went to a Chevy dealer in New Smyrna Beach and I told the salesman what I was looking for. I saw three models on the lot which I was interested in and asked him what was the best price he could give me for each one of them. He told me he was not going to discuss price unless I committed to buying from him. I was dumbfounded and walked out of that dealership.
We bought from John Hall and I told our salesman at that dealership what I had encountered at the New Smyrna Dealership. Our salesman told me that the guy in New Smyrna Beach was a little crazy.
Sometime later, after we bought the astro from Jon Hall, I got in the mail a letter from the salesman in New Smyrna Beach. He wrote that he was disappointed to learn that I had bought a van from Jon Hall because Jon Hall was very poor on servicing the cars they sold to customers.
I called up my salesman in Jon Hall and asked him if he could believe the letter I had gotten. He asked me to bring that letter to him, which I did. Sometime later the New Smyrna Beach salesman was fired.
- Some years ago the city of Port Orange had protracted union negotiations with the fire union over a new contract. Unbelievable to me, the city took a position that the city would not discuss any line item request made by the union, but that the union’s only option was to accept the “total package” or no contract signing could be reached. That did not sound like negotiations to me.
And tonight at the CRA meeting I had déjà vu. Buddy LaCour told the CRA members that if the CRA members did not vote yes on a city policy to share tax dollars with Buddy, Buddy would abandon the Riverwalk Project and go on his own.
Buddy also said that he is tired of working on the Riverwalk Park project in a “hostile environment” and mentioned council person Bob Ford.
Ford and Bastian voted no on agreeing to a city policy of giving LaCour tax money, because primarily, the city council did not have the details about what exactly was going to be built by LaCour and the specific list of expenses for those construction costs. Kennedy, Burnette and the Mayor voted yes.
I think it was the attorney for the city who said that council members should look at this issue from a different angle. I say maybe there are too many unknown angles to consider in the deal.
The lawyer for LaCour told the city council that if LaCour does not spend the money needed for construction incentives, then LaCour would not get the money. Excuse me! Can anyone believe that when promised a certain amount of money if they spend it, those purchases will not materialize?
It was explained to the city council that the details in construction costs were not yet finalized and at this time the developer did not know what they will be, but what was needed now was a policy decision that the city would cover certain construction costs with tax payers’ money. Ford and Bastian did not want to say yes to a policy decision on this matter until they got the financial list of what the money was needed for and how much. But Buddy LaCour came to the microphone and said that he was tired of all this hostile environment and Bob Ford, and if the policy agreement was not passed tonight he was walking away from the deal.
Oh my heart beat faster. Yes, walk away and go it alone. Who wants a park with three seventeen story condos right in the middle, and the city park split up, a section in the north and a section in the south.
And the burden on tax payers to maintain the park land as pretty as possible for the benefit of the tenants living in the condos?
Tomorrow, 7 23 14 I will be preparing some selected video portions of this meeting and will post them on my web site.
Posted on www.popdradiolog.com at 9:44:04 PM July 22, 2014