I was excited to see the new website for the City of Jacksonville Office of Special Events. My social and business calendar is filled with local events. I enjoy every venue in my hometown and am proud of all we have to offer for fun and relaxation.
So – I eagerly scanned the website to see what was up and coming and something struck me.
The Landing was no where to be found. I hit the search button and could not find it listed in any events including watching the Boat Parade or the fireworks as we have done for years. All the other venues were listed and had a link to their websites.
But not The Landing.
It’s as if it doesn’t exist. Yet, I live downtown and I can see it from my balcony. It’s still there.
It’s just that the Mayor and his back room friends don’t want it to be there. It’s obvious and it’s been disgusting watching the Mayor act like a mob boss towards the owners of the Landing. Eye has reported many incidents by the Mayor to shut down the Landing and the most recent was the Jazz Festival moved the Landing stage to the courthouse. That went over like a lead balloon. The press release called the Courthouse an iconic building and we all laughed at the ridiculous thought of that being Jacksonville’s iconic building. It’s not even on the St. John’s River for crying out loud.
Mob tactics have worked well in politics and at a national level it is becoming a major issue. If big government doesn’t like you – an IRS audit is due on your business or your personal life. Try leading a Tea Party and find out that is true. Or if big technology doesn’t like what you have to say – they simply erase you off their social media platforms. You are done and your voice is silenced. And if your credit card provider doesn’t like what you sell, they will shut down your ability to freely sell your merchandise.
It’s become a real problem in our culture and it’s a big deal. I would have thought our local politicians would be a little better than those at the national level.
But I am wrong about that.
In fact, local politics is a training ground for their movement up the ladder to DC where they can erase even more of their enemies.
We are living in a strange time in our history. We encourage you to keep your Eyes open and watch your back and while doing so, have courage to stand up to your local politicians. You see them in the grocery store, at church and out and about at events. Walk up to them and let them know when they do something good and when they are stinking.
Maybe together we can turn them from their mob tactics and get them to focus on the important issues of our day.
Note to the Mayor: It’s time to realize who your enemies are. How about the criminals shooting up our streets? Spend some time on that and then walk down the hall and tell your Special Events team to add The Landing to the site. It’s the right thing to do, boss.