So I guess that Dan Williams, unlike Larry Williams, is still knocking around Port Angeles.
You may remember Dan from his previous stints as head of something called the Overhead Door Corporation, which was followed by his years flogging the idea for a zipline run in Clallam County as the head of Green Planet Zipline, Inc. No doubt many of you have been up and enjoyed a ride on one of Dan's ziplines, right?
In other words, given his propensity for acting crazy in Clallam County, Dan may be the business community equivalent of the political scene's David R. Fox.
Now, apparently, Dan is the "CEO at Port Angeles Aerial Tram," and is proposing building an aerial tram from the "shoreline area" to "just outside the ONP," with a final goal of going all the way to Hurricane Ridge. In the National Park. On Federal land. In the National Park.
You can point all you want, Dan, but I don't see
a tram. Maybe you do, but I don't.
Now, given his track record of pursuing hopeless causes, I personally don't think Dan Williams is a conman so much as he is a hapless (and probably hopeless) dreamer. If he were a conman, he'd be pitching things that were a little more to scale for the Port Angeles area.
But an aerial tram? From downtown all the way to Hurricane Ridge? Please.
I'm not even going to go into the permitting and environmental hoops he'd have to jump through to do such a thing in a National Park. Life is too short. Suffice to say, it would be an extremely arduous and lengthy process.
It would also be expensive - as would building the damned thing. This is a community that can't afford to fix up an athletic field, Dan. This is a town too poor to support and/or save a movie theater (STILL FOR SALE), Dan. This is a city that announces that it can't afford enough police officers to enforce the laws on the books, and is drowning in debt. In other words, you're talking about a community that has what might be called a poverty problem.
NO ONE is pouring money into Port Angeles, Dan. So where would the money come from to build your tram? I'm going to guess that such a thing, just from downtown to the edge of the ONP, would cost at least, what, $100 million? That's a big chunk, Dan, the equivalent of two Turd Tanks - at minimum. I just don't see it.
Maybe you could partner with Clallam Transit, Dan?
Let me put it another way: You're talking about a community that can't afford a workable route across town to alleviate the occasional traffic congestion on Race Street in the summer. Yet you're proposing to alleviate the same traffic by building an aerial tram that costs tens or hundreds of millions of dollars? Huh?
So, show me the money, Dan. In the meantime, do take a moment to check out his LinkedIn page here: www.linkedin.com/in/angel77
Next stop, the Land of Oz!