Here we go again!
Now that the bad weather is finally starting to break and the light can be seen at the end of the proverbial tunnel, the forces of obstruction have once again decided that their voices are the only ones that matter as it relates to the future of this neighborhood. The small but vocal and highly organized group of semi-professional agitators have used their considerable pull to once again place La Marina on the agenda of the committee board meeting taking place tonight.
Understand this: They will not stop at La Marina. Their unstated goal is to shut down the entire burgeoning business, social and culinary resurgence that is the Dyckman Strip. To add insult to injury they are using sleight of hand by calling themselves Moving Forward Unidos as to imply that they have broad community support. Nothing can be further from the truth. In fact, much of what they are rehashing as evidence against La Marina reeks of rabid racism. The truth is that La Marina and the other businesses along the strip have been a boon to the community, bringing jobs and much-needed revenue Uptown. Simply stated, La Marina stands as a shining symbol of the progress we have made as a community. From rampant drugs, crime and riots 20 years ago to a world class destination that is patronized and celebrated by so many.
They are counting on our apathy to dictate to us how things will transpire. We cannot let that happen. Like I have said before: It is high time that those residents that patronize and support La Marina’s right to exist, begin to organize and agitate with the same intensity as those that oppose this groundbreaking establishment. This is what we are up against.
You are either at the table or on the menu.