Oooh...Yes, we've all seen and heard by now. Yet another desperate-to-sell-you-some-ads website has named Port Angeles as one of the "coolest" towns in America.
To repeat, these lists exist simply to troll for small town suckers to buy ads on these websites, with the pitch to "strike while the iron is hot!" Also to note, this latest recommendation has nothing - nothing - to do with the town of Port Angeles itself, but rather with the location. And Port Angeles does have a good location. But to call the town itself "cool" is quite a big stretch. Let's face it: No one comes to Port Angeles for Port Angeles. It's just a mark on the map, the fork in the road where you veer off to the ONP or Victoria or even...Forks.
Don't fool yourself Port Angeles.
This is NOT the nametag for you.
Another article in the PDN today demonstrates just how truly uncool Port Angeles is, and how much of a destination it is not. Did you see the proposed funding list for events that's headed to the City Council for certain approval? It's a bad case of the same old same olds, with a side of conflict of interest.
First of all, the events getting the biggest amounts are the oldest, most established ones around - the Crab Fest and the Juan de Fuca Fest. These events should be old enough, and established enough, to be self-sufficient by now, and then some. The fact that they are still asking for money just to happen is a big reveal. This is the equivalent of the "independent and successful" 35 year old who is still living in Mom's basement.
Port Angeles: The Old Man in the Club.
And giving money the those fools who "run" the sprint boat track...That's just disgusting. These are crooked thugs who publically demonstrated they have hundreds of thousands of dollars to burn when they bought and started that monstrosity. They don't need any handouts.
The aversion to new ideas is evident, as is the hostility to the local arts community. The only new idea to get any real funding comes courtesy of...The Port Angeles Downtown Association, that efficient and respected organization. Meanwhile, a request from the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center wasn't even considered because they got money last year. So why didn't that disqualify the Crab Fest, the JFFA and all the other repeats here? Gee, I wonder...
Meanwhile, the biggest chunk of cash is headed for the Crab Fest - one of only a couple of groups to get the full amount they requested. Scott Nagel, he of the STILL FOR SALE Lincoln Theater Brigade, runs the Crab Fest. Scott Nagel also sits on the committee that decides on these funding recommendations. Scott Nagel also supposedly recused himself from the vote here. Does anyone else see a huge conflict of interest here? Does anyone else wonder why Scott Nagel is even on this panel if he has to recuse himself from voting? Gee, I wonder...
Port Angeles cool? Only if corruption, nepotism and hostility to new ideas is suddenly "cool."
Here's another one you kids may remember...