So. theres an ampitheater coming to Brandon soon. Little under 2 years and change. Seats 8000. Coliseum in Jackson (thats run by the state) seats 6,800. Ill just sit that there for yall. The ramifications will be explosive...for those who know what this means.
Oh...and theyre trying to take JPS' accreditation as well.
And this just after theyve spent the summer trying to take the airport.
...I dont have to paint you a picture here do I? #ChessNOTCheckers
Oh really? Well, this is not the first time Mr. Kaze has been long on outrage and short on facts so JJ will help him out a little.
Brandon's leadership showed some leadership. It saw a need, looked at the problem, and actually did something about it. Brandon voters passed a 2% tourism sales tax several years ago and unlike Jackson, immediately put it to work. The tax generates slightly over $1 million per year. The city didn't use high-priced consultants to develop the plan but instead created a committee of several aldermen. They visited sites, talked to experts across the country, and submitted suggestions to the board. The process took 15 months. Brandon pays for the project. Period. There is no state money nor will bonds be used to finance the amphitheater. The project is Brandon-owned, Brandon-driven, and Brandon-financed.
Then there is Jackson. What the Kaze may not know is Downtown Jackson Partners and the business community were raising money to fund a study that would focus on creating an arena in downtown Jackson. However, Mayor Harvey and Sejanus Sean (Perkins) muscled in and took over the project. The result was nothing got done. Funding dried up, no movement took place, and no study was ever made. In other words, Jackson leadership failed. Meanwhile, JSU President Dr. Carolyn Myers promotes a pie in the sky $200 million 50,000 seat arena with a dome that will never be built. The city of Jackson also agreed to pay baseball huckster Tim Bennett $100,000 for a "study" to create a baseball stadium in Jackson.
Then there is the matter of his little screed against the state. Um, Kaze, you might want to try reading the newspapers. Ag Commish Cindy Hyde-Smith has pushed for either a new Coliseum or the renovation of the current one. She is...gasp....a Republican. Yup, she wants to build one and has tried to get such projects and the renovation of the Trade Mart stuffed into the bond bill. However, some of the leadership in the Legislature opposed her. There is no grand conspiracy to deny a facility to Jackson. There is nothing stopping Jackson from building its own amphitheater with its own money as Brandon is doing. However, doing so requires actual leadership instead of just talking and paying consultants.
Of course, its easier to point fingers and engage in Who Killed Da Mayor type of thinking then actually trying to find out is actually taking place. Mr. Kaze might instead want to ask why Jackson leadership rarely gets things done and can't get out of its own way regardless of who the Mayor is.
As for Mr. Kaze's remarks about JPS, do they even deserve a response?