“That the public overwhelmingly voted in people who have a positive, long-term outlook for growth is telling you what the residents want. This was a very pivotal election for that city. We feel a lot more comfortable and a lot more confident.”
~ Steven Michael, Principal of Hudson holdings
This guy has had more excuses over the last several years for not proceeding. This one really takes the cake telling us it is the election that was the decision for him taking the hotel property off the selling block...the people voted in Omari Hardy and Herman Robinson who favor growth, he says. It only takes a majority on the dais to approve of anything here. The minority commissioners were never an impediment for anything relative to Hudson Holdings and The Gulfstream Hotel. They both believed in growth but believed in democracy first and foremost--the vote of the people. Hudson could have saved its campaign contributions.
Both former commissioners were advocates of the vote on the heights referendum of 45 feet in that area. This lawsuit never had anything to do with The Gulfstream Hotel and why the city continues to imply it did, is a flat out fabrication. The commissioners were so hell bent on having The Gulfstream Hotel opened
for business that they made the referendum all about that and preyed on people's emotions. The vote had everything to do with the height creep that will now take place in those several blocks and spread like an octopus.
It just shows that it is near to impossible to ever fight developers, city hall and those elected officials who believe that the tax dollar is more important than quality of life and small town charm and that a developer is more important than the vote of the people. Perhaps a ban on receiving any campaign contributions from developers, lobbyists for developers, lawyers for developers, financial institutions for developers, etc. would be appropriate.
Why anyone believes trampling on democracy--the vote--especially in a democratic held city by those who are always screaming for the rights of the people, should be a mystery to us all.