Phillip Tutor is my favorite writer in The Star, and I always agree with his reasoning — until now. His column about Rumble on Noble isn’t quite right.
I know because I was at the City Council meeting when the event promoter spoke. He was respectful for a while, but he seemed to be expecting special favors from the council. Our new Spirit of Anniston director was doing her job and contacted 55 business owners to get a consensus about their feelings. Most were against it, except the bars and restaurants.
I resent Tutor’s comment, “Let’s see if Anniston fouls this up again.” Those days are behind us. In revitalizing downtown, are these the groups we want down there? Tutor spoke with sarcasm about being “family friendly.” Why? What’s wrong with that? I appreciate the council being concerned with that. Would you want your children around rough-talking, beer-drinking motorcyclists? One business owner said she had to call the police because people were fighting in her boutique shop. I guess since they weren’t arrested it didn’t count as trouble.
It costs the city an estimated $8,000 for extra police and other accommodations. Tutor mentioned the other groups that have been allowed to block the street: The Christmas parade is family friendly; bicycle races are family friendly. Actually, I think a good rule of thumb would be what Tutor wrote, “We will close down Noble Street if you fit a certain ‘family friendly’ profile.” That would be great.
The council was attempting to find a solution for all by offering Zinn Park. But the promoter must not want that. I don’t think they are getting the point. Don’t try to scare us, go find that one other town that wants them. Maybe Oxford, which has a motorcycle store. Their parking lot would be a great place.
This citizen wouldn’t care. And I bet the Stewart City Hall wouldn’t either. Thanks, mayor, for protecting our rights.