That said, I think he made a mistake when he felt a move to the Anna Maria site for 12 months was acceptable since a promise (my opinion) was made to close the PIP at 701 Main Street and never return. Upon seeing the reaction from the neighborhood, he realized that a move back to 701 Main made the most sense!! This opposition was not some fake group with some long name that really only represented a couple people, but a group with no name that had , from what I heard, packed a 800 seat auditorium. Real people, who actually were mad!!!
Rep Binienda and State Senator Moore.. They did not incite this group, but merely represented a group that was rightfully already incited. Many other elected pols would merely follow the lead from above and not listen to what their constituents were saying below. Great job by State Rep Binienda representing his district.
If you ask me, this process was a perfect example of how the process should work. In the end the right thing was done and applaud everyone involved for doing the right thing. The real question is whether or not the current triage center which became "crowded and dangerous" as the legal counsel for SMOC asserted can be run uncrowded and safe wherever it is located.
I have been watching and hearing alot about this SMOC issue. As you know my feelings is that they should return to the building that they already own on Main Street until their new facility opens.
What I really dont understand is that the City Manager, or really any elected official, getting any heat on this? SMOC is a private entity and big (real big) business that can do pretty much anything they want using the Dover Amendment as cover. Add to this our current dual tax real estate system makes big buildings like this ripe for groups like SMOC (non-profit) to buy on the cheap in this depressed real estate economy.
At the state level changes need to be made in the Dover Amendment to give city officials power. Currently neither the City Manager or any elected official can really do anything to stop SMOC and anything they want.
Am i to get this right, their lease is only for 12 months? I doubt it. I have no doubt that the City Manager will ensure that SMOC is moved into their new location within 12 months, but what happens then? Guarantee you that SMOC has at the very least an option to a) renew the lease or b) an option to buy.
In the end there is not much anything anyone can do.
Community Healthlink owns the property (City Hospital) and had a contract to run the triage center
Community Healthlink lost the triage contract to SMOC
Community Healthlink does not want to rent to SMOC, which is the best location, but it is their right to rent or not rent to whom they want
Within 12 months SMOC will build a new "state of the art" triage center that will be located next to City Hospital.
This leaves us with one problem, where does SMOC run the triage center until their new building is built?
Call me crazy but why can't they simply move back to the building that they already own, the former site known as the PIP shelter???? Seriously someone give me one reason why this does not make sense..
I swear that I have been getting e-mails every other day that the Family Ties program has been extended. Again let me caution people that if you buy vouchers, since these are not tickets, these monies are not put into esgow and are not safe if Direct Air was to go out of business.
Story in Telegram yesterday "Despite cancellations, Direct Air is here to stay". There was mention of my over-under prediction of February 1st to which Ed Warneck commented “It’s no fun getting beat up with sticks like this.”
Mr Warneck I apologize dont mean to beat you up. Truly hope that I am wrong and Direct Air flourishes at ORH but here is some constructive criticism:
You need to have more people answering the phones. I have gotten, at least, no lie 200 e-mails or phone calls from people complaining about behing on hold at least 30 minutes if not more.
When planes are cancelled or delayed have better communciation, on both ends, explaining exactly what is happening and what people can expect.
Seems to me that the quality and reliability of the planes has dropped considerably since leaving Virgin. Direct Air needs to secure better quality and reliable planes.
Family Ties simpply does not have enough available seats for people when they attempt to cash in a voucher. More seats need to be allocated to Family Ties.
My opinion does not seem to be alone since the Better Business Bureau rates Direct Air has a D- rating receiving 75 complaints from Direct Air customers over the past year, and 136 complaints over the past three years.
All of these excuses that they can not get planes makes no sense to me? They don't have any planes, they rent them so hard can it be to rent a plane, unless you have a history of not paying your bills. Pace lawsuit.
Allman has received permission to pursue $1.46 million from a South Carolina tourism company based on a breach-of-contract lawsuit filed by Pace shortly before its collapse. The lawsuit involves a dispute with Southern Sky Air & Tours LLC, doing business as Direct Air.
From their website
"Flights are Public Charters operated by XTRA Airways, Vision Airlines, Inc, Aviation Advantage/Sky King, & Dynamic Air"
None of these companies can get them the planes they need?
The bankruptcy filing by the southern U.S. county will add to concerns about the risks in the $3.7 trillion U.S. municipal bond market, which was hit recently by the high-profile debt crisis in Pennsylvania's capital of Harrisburg.
In addition to Harrisburg, which filed for bankruptcy last month, just two other cities -- Vallejo, California and tiny Central Falls, Rhode Island -- have declared bankruptcy in recent years since the onset of the U.S. financial crisis.
Converted Organics Inc. (Nasdaq: COIN) announced today that PharmaSphere, LLC, a subsidiary of Converted Organics, has commenced a Research Trial with Dr. Andrew Riseman, Associate Professor, Agroecology, Faculty of Land and Food Systems and the Centre for Plant Research, University of British Columbia for the production of cannabis using TerraSphere's controlled environment production systems.
The study will utilize TerraSphere's proprietary vertical farming system and will focus on expanding the cultivation and availability of cannabis for medicinal use. Under the direction of Dr. Riseman, the Trial will develop methods for cannabis production within the controlled environment. Dr. Riseman, in his capacity as an independent consultant, will oversee all aspects of the trial and produce a final report detailing the results, including production parameters, yields and biochemical profiles.