City Considers Buying Royalty Theater
While I appreciate Mr. Wagenfohrís perspective of fiscal considerations in regards to the city purchasing the Royalty Theater, I do not agree with them. I think the City purchasing it is a good idea for a few reasons.
The first being, I think it would be circumspect to buy it now before the completion of the two major condominiums going up now in the downtown core. It can only go up in price once there is more consumer activity in this area.
Secondly, itís gotten to a point where too much is controlled by one special interest group, Scientologists. Some diversification or general public interest, if you will, is a good idea for the balance of downtown Clearwater. This is not to pick on Scientologists, itís just no different than if the NRA, NOW or Southern Baptist league controlled a huge proportion of one cityís downtown area. Too much control by one entity is not a good thing. And lastly, the downtown area is in dire need of a recreation spot. Just drinking coffee at Starbucks and watching cars go by ainít cutting it.
As an alternative approach, how about the City offering a tax break to a private buyer to encourage development? Now thereís an idea.
† - Jeff Souers, Clearwater
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