I agree with that 100%
I laugh at Convention Center people who say its a success.
Record breaking attendance? For whom?
Yes some organizations had higher levels of attendance at our center in the first year but to IMPLY its record setting is disingenuous. From the convention centers website you can see that attendance at this years events is averaging 87 people per event. That is pathetic and most of the events there are local gatherings involving no hotel stays - so revenue is DOWN from first year but still up from when we had nothing.
The question is does it justify the expense? To this I say no.
The article about beach re nourishment tells us why. We NEED those tourists at the beaches.
The same argument holds for the ball park. Will it succeed? I doubt it because we don't support baseball here historically. So if we face a decision of stadium or beach sand which will take precedence?
I say beaches - they are a proven draw.
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