As many of our Eye on Jacksonville followers know, we have been watching the Mayor use mob rule tactics to TAKE BACK the Landing vs. negotiating a good deal for the City.
He told us he had an internal plan and he wasn’t kidding. Read more here: Internal Plan
Yesterday we wrote that the Mayor’s office was holding back on permitting the Landing for the Florida/Georgia game festivities. They finally gave them the permit (even though the Landing owners didn’t need one) and it was filled with Regulation Strangulation. For instance:
- The city stipulates there can not be any more than 7,500 people inside the Landing and only 5 bars. Problem with that is this:
- Years ago the Landing owners, the city, the police and fire, Homeland Security and Florida/Georgia security personnel all met to discuss how best to manage the crowds for this specific event. They determined the crowds should be spread out and not clustered together. This new regulation goes against those recommendations. People will now be clustered together in tight quarters around 5 bars. Is this smart?
- The city stipulates everyone needs to be wanded and counted. They are demanding the Landing owners pay $50 an hour for Fire or Police officers to click a button every time someone walks into the Landing. Here’s the irony of that:
- The Landing already wands and clicks for large crowds.
- They use a service that manages crowds and pay them to do so. The service does the clicking.
- The City wants the Landing to pay MORE out of pocket for this service AND to USE Emergency Personnel to click a button for counting heads. Ridiculous waste of time and resources. Do they demand this at the Jags games or do they let the Jags use a service for wanding and clicking?
It appears the City is doing all they can to squeeze the Landing owners and create pain, frustration and excessive monetary outlay.
And not only are the Landing owners suffering from the city’s plot to take back the Landing — the worst part of it all is this:
The Mom and Pop establishments at the Landing rely on this big event every year. Limiting attendance and excessive regulations hurt them too.
It appears the Mayor and his staff do not care about the little guys, the out of town guests or the biggest property tax provider in the city. They care about one thing and one thing only…
Taking back the Landing. At all costs.
And we want to know Why? We want to know Who will get that prime piece of property. We want to know if there are any back room deals going on regarding The Landing. We want to know how much the fight to fight a home grown developer and resident is costing the taxpayers.
AND MR. MAYOR — Why the heck are you going to London for the Jags game when you should be here hosting the biggest event of the year for our city? You’ll be missing the Blue Angels flyovers too. So much going on in Jacksonville yet you, our Mayor, feels it necessary to fly to London to watch the Jags play. Really? Very sad, Mayor. Very sad.