To the Advertiser-Gleam:
"With the lawsuit still pending in court, the lease has not yet been signed."
This was stated in a recent article in the Gleam. If someone told the writer this and if it was an official of the city, it should have been written as a direct quote of that person. I don't believe the writer made it up.
What I take from this false statement is that when an official makes a statement they should be quoted as such and the public can take it for what it is worth. The fact is, the leases were signed last year and are in full force and effect. I would like to see the letter of credit for a $million from a corporation that has no assets. http://www.deedlookup.com type in "lakeside investments" and go to "lease agreements" and you can read the leases and see the date they were signed and recorded. Note that no tax payments are guaranteed until the 40th year. Upon default of the lease, the mayor can re- lease to anyone on any terms (maybe the Poarch Creek?).
Last weekend, I noticed a good number of folks parked and fishing, etc on the property. Now that it has been leased for private use, are they trespassing?
A couple of other thoughts I have, one about the millions being spent at the ballfields. What does this do for the chances of a sports complex at Conner Island where there could be plenty of parking, safely, and would not disturb a number of folks? A high school?
Also, the "brewpub" seems to have slowed its construction, maybe the virus or could be they read the law "The Alabama Brewpub Act" and decided this is not an "Historical District" as the law states? I seriously doubt it.
Keep in mind that our Council has approved all this stuff and we are stuck.... A tax abatement just after a tax increase? Wow.
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