Monthly Archives: May 2016

A spat with a City regulator

Response to Donald Burgess who quoted strong words I expressed several years ago about a City official: Yes the attorney’s response was odd. I never used the word ‘witch’ though I certainly blasted her — because she deserved to be … Continue reading

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Our forebears were smarter about a downtown hotel (NOTES GOP Club)

Ninety six years ago in late 1920 or early 1921 we’re not sure exactly, four prominent Frederick people Joseph Dill Baker, Charles Mathias, John Markey and Emory Coblenz met and decided Frederick needed a grand hotel, high end, five separate … Continue reading

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Mayor Randy knock it off – Stop the hotel boondoggle FLYER

City officials and crony capitalists are promoting a disgraceful hotel boondoggle downtown that runs completely counter to Republican principles of limited government and fair competition under private enterprise. All principled Republicans will say No to this racket. $25 million of … Continue reading

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Back & forth with hotel supporters on Facebook

We’re talking about design in two different senses. The City issued an RFP 14-J in February 2014 which laid out requirements for the hotel and conference center including approx 200 number of rooms , “upscale full-service,” approx 20,000sf usable meeting … Continue reading

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Why on earth is City Government involved in site selection or sponsorship of a hotel…snippets of Facebook comment

But why on earth is City Government involved in site selection or sponsorship of a hotel? City involvement just sets taxpayers up for financing all kinds of frills and incurring losses. Plus City selection favors one business over another – … Continue reading

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Facebook polemics on the hotel

But why on earth is City Government involved in site selection or sponsorship of a hotel? City involvement just sets taxpayers up for financing all kinds of frills and incurring losses. Plus City selection favors one business over another – … Continue reading

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Crossroads Consulting – letter to Frederick County Executive, Jan Gardner

County Exec. Gardner: In our meeting you expressed interest in serious problems with the Maryland Stadium Authority’s (MSA) use of Crossroads Consulting Services (Crossroads) and reliance on its findings. A sober assessment of the studies done for our downtown hotel … Continue reading

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We need hotels (plural) downtown

Patrick: I favor downtown hotels, plural. My objection to this City project is that it is stopping downtown Frederick from getting financially viable rightsized hotels because it insists on a single City-designed monopoly hotel complex. Designed by a City appointed

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Defeated bills provided state $s for conference center alone, but end-run bills that authorized are for hotel & CC

HB1474/SB1308 bills focussed state money on the conference center and these bills were supported by City and business people. But they were defeated in the House Appropriations Committee by those of us opposed to this project including five of eight … Continue reading

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Note to County Exec Jan Gardner after meeting

Jan: we appreciated your approach to public accountability on this project in our meeting in your office. I wish other players were as accessible and open as you. Frankly you and other supporters of this project need to cut back … Continue reading

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