In another great example of “What the hell were they thinking?” we learned from this story that the city of Portsmouth managed to pass up maybe a couple of hundred thousand dollars in annual tax revenue because… I don’t have a clue.
A company has proposed to build a concrete plant on a piece of land being reclaimed from a Superfund site. For specious or unclear reasons, some members of the Portsmouth City Council – you can probably guess who – don’t like this project and continue to object to it.
This property will never be used for anything but industrial purposes. A well-built concrete plant, along with the already-approved adjacent grain storage and distribution facility, all managed in an environmentally responsible manner, is a perfect use for this land. There’s really no conceivable reasonable argument for council members rejecting the plant. We’ll always need concrete, and it’s not like Portsmouth doesn’t need to generate some new revenue.
I’ve been an observer of government for a few decades, and without question, Portsmouth City Council, led by the mayor, is descending into the chasm of crisis with a determination I’ve rarely witnessed.
Speaking of Portsmouth, after it was reported a couple of weeks ago that O’Sullivan’s on Colley Avenue, a long-time favorite eatery, watering hole and music venue had closed with less than a day’s notice, we learn from this story that another O’Sullivan’s has opened in Portsmouth, several miles from the original location, spearheaded by a former partner who also owns rights to the establishment’s name.
Joe Bambery has promised that the new venue will have the same vibe as the old O’Sullivan’s – at least once they obtain their permits from the ABC to sell alcohol.
I have no doubt they’ll make it into someplace with its own personality and style, and branding it as O’Sullivan’s certainly can’t hurt. But despite the fact that they say they’ll be running a shuttle bus on a regular schedule from someplace close to the old location to the new one, it seems likely that distance (and that damned toll) will mean that the new location’s best chance at success will come from building a new clientele from people who live much closer.
Either way, I wish them well.