Saturday, July 01, 2006

Just Like Them

"I wanted to prove that Pensacola Beach was as good as places like Destin and Gulf Shores."
We're not at all sure what to make of all this.

The Pensacola News Journal today editorializes against the National Flood Insurance Program, flatly stating:
What needs to happen is a phased shutdown of the entire program.

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Next should come a more aggressive attack on the "build-rebuild" cycle that has homes in risky, flood-prone areas going through repeated cycles of destruction and rebuilding, all subsidized by the taxpayer.
On the same day, the same newspaper is carrying a front-page banner headline touting developer Julian MacQueen's newly announced high rise plans. He's planning to build three new towers for Pensacola Beach, even before he finishes work on another one.

MacQueen says the high rises are going up because, "I wanted to prove that Pensacola Beach was as good as places like Destin and Gulf Shores."

What a relief! All along, we were afraid he just wanted to prove he could get rich off tax-payer subsidized beach renourishment and road widening projects.

2 comments:

Bees3 said...

Very interesting. So does the paper want hotels instead of homes? How much is flood insurance for this man's hotels/condos?

Davei said...

I find that truly odd. Hard to see the logic or consistency in the position they have taken.