While on the surface this seems like a great deal, if you scratch the surface you see a few potential issues come up. Issues that, frankly, have received scant attention in the generally fawning regional press coverage of the deal.
Ordinarily, the firing of five people wouldn’t constitute major breaking news. However, the firing of the Lucas staff last week triggered shock waves in an arts community still reeling from the loss of the beloved Muse venue in February.
I’ve asked around about this. And most everybody I know says the same thing: Savannah audiences take the cake for being rude as hell and talking over shows.
I don’t envy any public official or police officer on Tybee the task of trying to placate residents while remaining an open community charged with stewardship of a great natural resource. However, the nature of this faceoff means no management decision can be made in a vacuum.
It’s easy to find cities many times larger than Savannah with nowhere near our cultural and artistic offerings. It is a thing for which to be very thankful. Unfortunately, it’s also a thing I’m afraid many of us take for granted.
If you’re mad about Thomas doing the same thing tens of thousands of others did on St. Patrick’s Day, except while representing taxpayers, I’m right there with you. But spare me the moralistic hypocrisy.
Downtown is now ringed with hotels, many of which have been allowed to rise higher than traditional building designs we’re used to in the historic district. Like tree branches competing for sunlight, this “race to the top” means the Savannah skyline is increasingly like a walled city. Or, as some critics observe, a gated community for tourists.
One could easily argue that a hundred grand is chump change compared to the amount of wasted money and bad PR — water/utility billing software fiasco, cough-cough – that comes from an overall lack of a sane and cohesive strategy. But we already have an elected City Council, a very highly paid City Manager, and a second, lame-duck City Manager still on payroll through the year.