Saturday, January 20, 2018

Burwell passes.

Just got word that John Burwell died last night in Hot Springs.  More info will be posted when available. He was 68 years old. 

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Anonymous said...

KF, is this the same John Burwell of the Harbour Walk fame?

Anonymous said...

If this was that person, it's too bad that his vision of Harbor Walk was never achieved. And instead what replaced the legacy Dock is a floating mobile home park.

Anonymous said...

Maybe this will move the lease to someone who will actually develop the site.

Economic waste as it sits.

Anonymous said...

So, why hasn’t more development taken place out there? That is still some prime real estate.

Anonymous said...

KF: How much did the State of MIss. put into Harbor Walk? Where are those funds today?

Anonymous said...

My goodness, Mr. Burwell hasn't been dead 48 hours and all you people can do is talk bad about him. As all of us, he may not have been perfect, but imagine if you had just lost a loved one and had to read all this bashing of him and his plans for the area. Sure, things didn't work out as planned, but what it they had? This would have been one of the premier locations in Mississippi. If you can't say something nice keep your mouth shut!

Kingfish said...

I don't blame him for Harborwalk. He had a vision but couldn't get financing for it. Not the first developer who ran into that problem.

However, I do blame the good ole boyz on the board. They created this fiasco at Main Harbor. Period. Developers are always going to approach governments with pie in the sky plans, it is up to the damn leaders to say no or do some actual due diligence. The Board did not do so and then its over the hill lawyer allowed them to get tied up into a contract that is pretty hard to break.

Dana kelly said...

For the person who claims John was a con artist taking investors money, please tell me the investors.? They don’t exist. For the person who asks what the State invested, answer is zero. However, his company has paid the prvwsd over $9,000,000.00 in lease payments and over $1,000,000.00 in ad valorem proprety taxes to MADISON County. So shut the f... up, you are dumbasses. He was a visionary who tried. Something I am sure you don’t have the gumption to try. A really good man.

Anonymous said...

Dana Kelly - Please try to pay attention. I said he WANTED investors. I did not say he had any. He 'wanted investors' just like representatives and senators 'want campaign contributors'.

By the way....where do you think he got TEN MILLION dollars to pay lease payments and property taxes?

And if PRV got Nine Mil in lease payments for this boondoggle, why were they broke and considering a fee for launching a jon boat last year?

It would take some real in-depth investigative reporting to reveal all the crap going on here....more than a top-water analysis by a blog writer.

Anonymous said...

If not mistaken, I think the City of Ridgeland took a big $$ hit and had to pay for the upgrade and high end landscaping on Harbour Walk Road

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

What a disgusting human being you are, January 21, 2018 at 7:37 AM. Shame on you!!!
At least he tried to do something and had vision. Those of you casting stones and criticizing him have most likely never attempted anything worth while in your life.
RIP John Burwell, and peace to his family.

Anonymous said...

Condolences to all his family and friends.

Anonymous said...

One more person talks bad about my dad on here and you damn sure better hope God will have mercy on your soul, because i can assure you, I will not.


Taylor Burwell

Anonymous said...

RIP cuz, prayers sent for your family.

Anonymous said...

For the guy asking what PRVWSD with the millions paid for the lease of Main Harbor ... PRVWSD did what it does with all of the fees received from all commercial and residential leases, it went into the funds to operate and maintain Barnett Reservoir and surrounding property. The funds it receives from such leases and from the water/sewer payments for leaseholders, and campground user fees, is the only funding the agency receives. It must maintain the structures, the infrastructures, both on the water and the 17,000 acres surrounding it. You suggest that it would take some real in-depth investigative reporting to reveal what is going on when all it would take is for you to get off your butt, look at some information already found by outside investigators THAT IS PUBLIC INFORMATION to see for yourself. Start with the Stennis Institute's thorough study in the last 10 years.

Anonymous said...

I knew John since I was probably 8 years old. We grew up together, our families being founding members of St. James Episcopal. John was quite a character, and I mean that in a good way. He was super intelligent in a unique and distinct way, and had a first rate mind for business. He doesn't need defending. All you naysayers should be so lucky as to have grown up with and known a person like him.

Anonymous said...

Do any of you "MEN" on here have enough courage to address Mr. Burwell's son Taylor at 4:43 AM??

God bless you, son. So sorry for your loss.
Pay no attention to those saying negative things. They are negative about everything and have no idea what they're even talking about.

Anonymous said...

It sounds like a bunch of 35k millionaires in this comments section acting like they can do better. To 2:39pm-There is not one “MAN” on here woth the courage to say anything to Taylor Burwell’s face.


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