The Landing was handed over to the City of Jacksonville this week. The businesses still left on the premises were also handed 30 day eviction notices and told to get out.
And now the rush to tear down the iconic building is underway. There is no time to talk, no time to plan, no time to engage and no time to wait. The orange roof building must go and go now!
And all the people of the city ask, “What’s your hurry, Mayor Curry?”
Why will you not let the people participate and be heard? Why not engage with others who have ideas? You just might find a golden gem to save The Landing and find a better purpose for her from the people you serve.
Speaking of serving: Let us remember how The Landing and its owners have served this city:
They hosted football game participants for major parties and fun times, held non-profit organizational events, put on free concerts for those who can’t afford Dailey’s high ticket prices, personally paid for firework shows on July 4th, New Year’s Eve and Summer Special Events, hosted Jacksonville’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremonies, and even provided space for Presidential rallies. AND MOST OF THOSE ACTIVITIES WERE FOR FREE. WE THANK THEM FOR ALL THEY DID FOR OUR CITY!!
And Mayor Curry, the people want to know “Where will those activities be held now?” “What’s your plan, man?”
Reminds me of the story “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”
Two weavers promised an emperor a new suit of clothes that they said were invisible to those who are unfit for their positions, stupid or incompetent. But the kicker is they didn’t make any clothes at all. Instead they made everyone believe the clothes were invisible to them. The Emperor parades around naked and all are quiet and afraid to say anything. Until suddenly a child cries out, “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!”
Mayor Curry, having “no plan” is your “no clothes” moment. You might think the people are stupid, unfit to give advice or incompetent and we firmly disagree. We believe there is a way to save this iconic structure or have a formal plan in place before tearing it down.
Plain and Simple, in child like innocence: It’s ridiculous to tear down an iconic building without a plan.
Billie Tucker Volpe
Billie Tucker Volpe Founder of Eye on Jacksonville and Leadership Consultant to CEOs/Executives.