Originally Posted by fvcrew22
Some unexpected great news for the area, it will be good not seeing a large vacant building when driving through Gulf Breeze.
I know I'm late on this, but as it might be a nice gain for Gulf Breeze, it is a huge failure for the area, IMO. Avalex is relocating from downtown Pensacola...to basically the suburbs. Not exactly the preferred concept. And certainly not like scoring a new industry for locals. Other than now Avalex found somewhere it can expand (as if the City didn't have plenty of vacant, unused, underused areas to offer). But that is an illustration of the failures of Pensacola (which hopefully will be changing soon...as this announcement, which was made months earlier when both App River and Avalex were going to leave the city for Gulf Breeze...was probably one of the big tipping points that led to the re-doing of the Chamber of Commerce, the new Strong Mayor concept, and ultimately Hayward's win over Wiggins in the Mayor's race).
That Pensacola felt no need to find a way to keep these two companies in a downtown that many times resembles a ghost town is unforgivable and worthy of tying ropes around some trees, to be frank. Maybe App River will stay now that their co-move with Avalex has fallen apart and some people downtown have woken up to the anger from its citizens. But, as the article states, 17,000 square foot more of DT Pensacola will now be vacant by the move of Avalex...plus whatever future expansions of tens of thousands of square feet might have come. Oh well....that is what makes Pensacola...well...Pensacola. Maybe it'll change. Always gotta have hope, I suppose.
In the meantime add 17k s.f. to an already vacant downtown full of unused buildings and beautiful prime lots with no prospects in this economic environment. Add in the soon to be vacant property the sewage treatment plant was on and you have property that should be available to scoop up at pennies on the dollar considering the glut of nothingness and economic conditions, hopefully enticing someone to invest here. Of course, noooooooooo, that's not how it works here. We want to make them all parks and public projects which produce no tax incomes, spend more of the impoverished people of the area's tax money, create few jobs above minimum wage and basically guarantee poverty forever and locl gov't bankruptcy sooner or later.
It's amazing the willingness here to run off job/wealth producing/tax generating industry in order to replace it with a fish tank a downtown lawyer can appreciate by his lonesome (as he and his clique are the only people in a metro of 450k with a reason to venture downtown). Maybe they'll tip the fish feeder (the job we will have produced for $30/mil. of public money) who makes $7.70/hr...but I seriously doubt it. Like I said earlier though, hopefully the new structure of downtown government and the new blood thinks these things thru differently than has been done for the last 60 years of corruption, arrogance, small thinking, lack of courage, stupidity and tendency towards a belief public projects create all the wealth.
But in other news...I'm glad we now have a AA baseball club ready to compete with the Bay Bears in 2 years coming downtown.