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Trying to save PGA Village
I am supporting County Judge Nelson Wolff in his attempt to drum up some emails to the PGA to assure them that there is a substantial base of public support for a PGA golf course at PGA Village.
Any development of Lumbermen's Investment Corporation's Bexar County land, other than the PGA Village concept, would negate the extensive environmental and aquifer protections already negotiated. Simply put, golf courses are kinder to the aquifer than are vast (or even half-vast) housing developments.
The PGA's email address is sanantonio@pgahq.com

I do respect the view of tens of thousands of people who signed petitions to force a public vote on the project, but then saw your efforts go up in smoke because of fancy footwork by the previous City Council. You were maneuvered out of an election that you deserved. That being noted, life goes on, and it is still unavoidably obvious that, given the alternatives, the PGA Village would be the most aquifer-friendly use of LIC's land. I hope you will take a minute to say so to the PGA before its big board meeting next week.
Brad
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12:31pm BULLETIN Both stolen Ferrellgas propane trucks found abandoned near Laredo— may still contain the propane.

12 noon Wednesday Mayor Ed Garza live on KTSA "The PGA deal is not dead."
Brad's notes --- "We are still committed to what we negotiated" and that contract stands thru late 2007. PGA Board must make any final decision: board meets next week. City Council has a briefing tomorrow, and city staff will meet with Lumbermen's Investment Corp. on Friday (it was LIC that told the city last week that the PGA had withdrawn from the project). Peak talked with Jim Autrey of PGA stressing San Antonio still supports the project.
Three reasons given for the PGA pullout were

  • length of negotiations
  • economic stress in the golf industry
  • San Antonio "comments and concerns" that have been negative to the PGA brand

Mayor Garza said that in every quarterly report from LIC everything has been reported to be going well, except in the very last one Lumbermen's suddenly said PGA was out of the deal.
GARZA SAYS HE BELIEVES IT IS NOT THE PGA, BUT LIC, THAT "MAY WANT SOMETHING MORE FROM THE CITY."

 

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Brad's Ten-Foot Poll on SAPD - FBI RESULT

posted 12am-11pm Wed 6/2/2004
In a half-hour news conference about 2 stolen propane trucks, the local heads of the FBI and Police Dep't forgot to describe the trucks, name the company from which they were stolen, and gave no license numbers. I find this to be

An understandable oversight because of the pressure
7
2%
Unprofessional and rather frightening
56
18%
Simply incompetent, period
230
76%
None of the above
11
4%
Total votes 304
NOTE 2pm Wednesday -- SAPD Sgt. Gabe Trevino tells me that photos and descriptions were handed out to every reporter at the news conference yesterday, and says the law bosses did not want to just repeat what was in the handouts. I told Gabe that I watched and listened to the conf and neither heard nor saw the handout information. Also there were no photos on the local FBI website, nor the SAPD and City of San Antonio sites.
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Brad's Ten-Foot Poll on PGA Village RESULT
posted 12am-1130pm Tue 6/1/2004
Why did the PGA withdraw from the PGA Village development?
Squabbling by City Council
108
47%
Golf losing popularity
5
2%
No big hotels would sign on
17
7%
All the above
80
35%
None of the above
19
8%
Total votes 229
 

 


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