So, Scott Nagel, still pursuing his dream of "buying" the Lincoln Theater, says he has $175,000 on hand - and just needs to raise $60,000 more, by the nebulously defined "summer's end."
Meanwhile, the Chamber of Commerce, which has $175,000 of the City's money in hand for "marketing" said City, now says it's not going to pursue the same funds from the City in the future. They now say they want out of the business of "marketing" the City, because it interferes with their "core mission."
Now, I have all sorts of questions about the "pledges" that Nagel says he's gotten - too many to go into here. The real question I have though, is for the current owner of the Lincoln. It's an old building, a decrepit piece of property in a dead downtown of a small, remote town. So, given all that, and given the odds against anyone but a pie-in-the-sky goof like Nagel wanting to buy such an albatross, why don't you drop the price a little?
Oh, that's right. It's because you're the greedy scumbag who ran it into the ground in the first place.
As for the Chamber...I find this announcement interesting. This sounds a little like someone who knows no one is going to ask them to dance, so they announce they've decided to skip the prom. In other words, after years and years of being the ultimate soft touch, I think word has finally filtered through to someone that the City is broke. Out of funds. Flat. No longer able to be a soft touch, no matter how much they'd like to be. (And believe me, they'd like to be.)
We're done squeezed dry!
So I think the common thread linking these two stories - Scott Nagel's endless, hopeless quest for funds, and the Chamber's odd "no thanks" - is the dire state of poverty in Port Angeles. There just aren't as many tax dollars coming in as their used to be. There aren't as many grants available as there used to be. Meanwhile, costs like pension benefits and the overall debt load of the City keep growing, growing, growing.
And maybe, just maybe, another thread linking them, is that a growing body of people within the Chamber are starting to realize the futility of "marketing" a town that currently has so little to offer. You know, like a town that can't even keep one, small movie theater going.