from hank springer
It always distresses me to hear the financial report from the Cypress Head Golf Course. The course is losing money and owes a million or so dollars to the city of Port Orange. I have heard that a commitment had been made by a city council years ago to the residents in Cypress Head to keep a city golf course in their community. Compare that commitment with tonight’s threat by the master developer of Riverwalk Park to abandon efforts with the city to build a park, unless he got the council’s agreement to give him tax money for his endeavors. Some commitment the developer had made with the city isn’t it. I wished the city council did not agree to his demands, but they did.
I wonder if such a commitment to Cypress Head people has to go on forever, even in bad economical times, especially for that golf course, and all golf courses. We are allowed now with the new management of the golf course, which shows up at council meetings with a cadre of 4 agents, to consider that there has been a lot of rain which contributed to poor financial revenue. I remember my e mail to Ken Parker, when he had stated to the former management team of the golf course, that rain was no excuse for low revenue. I asked Mr. Parker, how in the world can the city take such a position, and the answer was that the golf course should make use of different options like special affairs for their restaurant. By the way, rain or no rain, the restaurant too is not doing financially well.
I do wonder if a lot of personality is at play between our vendors and city hall. I am going to ask the Mayor his perspective on why after many years of good work by the city’s landscaper, the landscaper suddenly quit. It is now costing the city twice as much, or as some have pointed out three times as much for the city to mow the grass than to be paying a landscaper. I think part of the problem is the attitude by the city manager who said “What difference does it make” if it is costing the city twice or three times as much as what we would pay a landscaper.
But let us not forget that we also have a mayor who said on TV that citizens who want to keep taxes down are not good citizens.
And now, some people are asking for all these negative things to not be printed, spoken and highlighted. In other words, what difference does it make? One must wonder what the heck is wrong with city hall and its supporters.
If you stick up for city hall when it is losing million of tax payers money, do you get something in return? Councilman Kennedy said tonight, stop all the negative talking about city government. I say It would be nice if city government could stop all the negative revelations that are still going on.
The reaction to a group of citizens who keep harping on fixing things and reform saddens me. It shows me that the we are family culture goes beyond city hall and has influenced a significant portion of citizens. I cannot help but notice that one lady who spoke at the city council meeting of 7 22 14, and asked to stop the people coming up to the microphone and saying negative things about city government, that she understands the language the mayor speaks, because she too is in construction.
In my opinion, the family has some deep problems which need to be sorted out and not ignored.
I wonder if I am even in the extended family.
Mike Gardner gave a wonderful presentation to the city council on 7 22 14 about the Cypress Head Golf course and its financial difficulties. I hope to post a video of his remarks, on 7 23 14
— hank springer
postesd on www.popdradiolog.com on July 22, 2014 10:15:10 PM