Here's something you haven't and won't see in the PDN, that happened at the City Council this week. It's a seemingly small event, but one that signals another potential bank-breaking boondoggle in Port Angeles.
The Mayor, Dan DiGuilio, during the Council reports, explained that he had just visited the city of Ocean Shores to see how they run their Convention Center. He further stated that he will soon be visiting three more cities north of Seattle to see how they manage their Convention Centers.
Hey! It's fun to spend your money!
That's a lot of time and travel by the Mayor, don't you think? I'm sure he wouldn't spend his time doing all this without knowing...something. Sounds to me like the City still has the Convention Center bug.
Hey, Dan, here's something I can tell you, and you don't have to leave home to learn it. Ready? The fact is, Dan, something like 95% of Convention Centers RUN IN THE RED. In other words, they are NOT moneymakers. They are, however, very expensive to build, promote, and maintain.
It makes no sense for a remote, rundown and broke City like Port Angeles to want to build a Convention Center - especially giving our glaring lack of quality of life, as noted by NOAA and others. (Translation for City Council members: WHY would anyone want to come here?)
The trouble is, because it makes no sense, it may seem to make perfect sense to the yahoos on the City Council. (Pat Downie talks about it incessantly.) And doubtlessly some key staff members are helping fan the flames as well.
Do you think a Convention Center here makes sense? Do you want the City to spend more money it doesn't have to pursue this pipe dream? We'll hold an online convention right here - tell us what you think.