I believe there was a “grass roots” effort to save the “WWII Memorial”. Commissioner McCulloh DOES believe the stage is part of the Memorial… Commissioner Butler does NOT. Those wanting the stage removed… Butler and Matta… have asserted that the signs asking to save the Memorial did not mean saving the stage. If you ask those who spearheaded the local campaign, I understand the effort was designed to save the stage.
Regardless, the die is cast. Fact: Parks & Rec offices will be relocated to a City Hall. Fact: Four commissioners are dead set on spending $2.95 million for that relocation. Fact: If the consultant’s cost estimate to relocate the offices and leave the stage intact exceeds $2.95 million, the stage will be destroyed. There was some talk about taking the entire issue to the voters but that won’t happen. There’s too much at stake, politically. If the “conservative” commissoners get behind a ballot referendum to spend $3 million on Parks & Rec offices, that won’t go over well with their “spend less” constituency. It will be difficult to have ballot verbiage include “but we’re going to fire folks at City Hall to accomplish this”. The consultant will bring back a cost estimate exceeding $3 million. A few folks in favor of retaining the stage will speak during the commission meeting. The commission will vote 4:1 to wreck the stage and replace it with a basketball court and one we go. The lone dissenting vote will be Commissioner McCulloh.