The almighty letter of approval
I won't publish that letter or the Sasaki letter, where Mark Dawson, managing principal of Sasaki Associates writes how great the project is and then admits later that he never really looked at it, simply because both letters are not genuine to me and I won't help spread their messages.
Imagine if Glenn Terry or Charles Corda or myself decided overnight that the waterfront plan is a great plan and we sent out a letter praising it after months of putting it down. Wouldn't that strike you as odd and suspicious? Last week in the comments section someone put me down for loving Scotty's then hating Scotty's and being wishy washy. For the record, I don't like Scotty's and have not eaten there in many years. There was a time where I ate lunch there two to three days a week, as the food degraded, I just never went back.
Anyway, "a letter" is the suspicious thing. This happened with the Mercy project when neighborhoods were paid off, we all know that. Also with restaurants. During the 3 am/5 am issue, I had a friend who was all ready to open a nice new restaurant in Coconut Grove with an outside deck; he even had all the plans drawn out, and you know what happened? Well, the usual suspects approached him and asked him to write a letter stating that he was not in favor of 5 am closings. My friend, who is not a hypocrite told them where to go, telling them that he owns a bar and restaurant, that he was in favor of 5 am, not against it. Why would any club, restaurant or bar owner be against it?
And you know what? No letter, no permits. So it never happened, my friend left the Grove and started up a couple of very successful restaurants elsewhere. He was smart. He could not be bought and his restaurants are overflowing with people daily.
So you see guys, it's about the letter for developers and others. They want that almighty letter of approval. They could have made a nice quiet deal with Scott Wessel, but it would have not meant anything to them without the letter. Didn't some nuns sign a letter way back approving some sort of thing on the Mercy land? How low can you go? Nuns?
Look for more paid for letters from neighbors near the waterfront project.
Vote NO on November 5.
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