UPDATED: Das Boot: Enforcement of private parking causes hard feelings in the Bay

I first starting hearing about a dust up in Old Town involving the private parking spots in the old Hancock Bank parking lot on Sunday and by Monday I had noticed a boycott the Blind Tiger movement on Facebook. Cassandra Favre connected the two in a special story for the Sea Coast Echo, which taken with comments left here on Slabbed draws a full and rich picture for the readers. Here is a snippet from Cassandra’s story:

Genin and another lessee, Rod Ward, said Main Harbor Office owns 12 spots next to the building. There are nine parking spots, one loading zone and two handicapped spots.

Genin said the owners plan to re-stripe the parking spaces soon and there will be 10 parking spots, one handicapped and one loading zone.

“The locals that have decided to boycott The Blind Tiger have solicited the wrong people,” Genin said. “The Blind Tiger does not have private property, Main Harbor Office does. It’s private and we pay for it.”

Ward said there are eight businesses operating in the office building. In addition to leasing office space, the renters also pay a monthly fee for parking, he said.

This sounds like standard private parking in line with private parking across the entirety of the 50 states. One either heeds the sign saying not to park there or face being booted or towed. Some people were offended by that, especially the Facebook user that described it as their “usual parking spot” and that is where the Facebook boycott TBT comes in, driven in large part by a Facebook user that goes by the handle Susan Ladner, whose nom de guerre is becoming locally famous for its recent angry tirades supporting Mayor Fillingame during Facebook live streams of the Bay City Council meetings.

So what we have is a fictitious Facebook account pushing a boycott of a local business which does not own the private parking that was trespassed and an ominous quote from Chef Genin that was snagged by Cassandra in her story:

Genin said, “the people responsible for the online bashing campaign and malicious attack on The Blind Tiger will pay for it.”

Update: Since this post was published the Blind Tiger has launched a humorous PR Campaign: Continue reading “UPDATED: Das Boot: Enforcement of private parking causes hard feelings in the Bay”

PSA: Town Hall Meeting for Bay St Louis Ward 2 residents and business owners

Councilwoman Wendy McDonald will be hosting a town hall meeting for residents and business owners in Ward 2 next Thursday evening, May 22, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:00 PM in the Bay St Louis City Council Chambers.

Topics for discussion may include parking, speeding, activities and events such as runs, festivals, Second Saturday etc., noise, harbor opening and other topics of interest to the residents and business owners in our Ward. Because there will be a 2 ½ hour workshop related to the city budget starting at 3 PM on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 with a council meeting to follow at 5:30 PM we will not get into the budget at this meeting but use this time to address other concerns such as those outlined above.

Mike Favre, Councilman at Large and Les Fillengame, Mayor are attending this meeting as well and are interested in your input and feedback as it relates to Ward 2. Please feel free to send in topics of interest ahead of time if possible so we can allow time to cover topics of interest and for participation from the residents and business owners.

Wendy McDonald, Councilwoman Ward 2

I am hearing disturbing things about another Bay Waveland School District real estate deal…….

Here is the setup via the Seacoast Echo:

The sale of the old Second Street Elementary property in Bay St. Louis has been slightly delayed, but the prospective buyers have put up $100,000 to sweeten the deal.

At a special meeting on Friday, the Bay-Waveland School District Board of Trustees approved an amendment to its commercial real estate contract with New Orleans developers Jim and Catherine MacPhaille.

The deal was expected to close on May 2, but the amendment extends the closing until May 20. School board attorney Ronnie Artigues told board members that the delay is necessary because the MacPhailles are in the midst of another real estate transaction.

Once again doing research on a topic leads me to a St Chas mansion via the Times Picayune social pages:

Queen Anne-style house matches the grandeur of the Uptown park it overlooks ~ NOLA.com

So these cats live in a multi million dollar mansion with a view of Audubon Park and yet they are jonesing on a $786,000 steal in the heart of Old Town Bay St Louis? After all these are the same folks that shelled out $2.45MM on a historic school in NOLA just for the heck of it. Continue reading “I am hearing disturbing things about another Bay Waveland School District real estate deal…….”

The Mockingbird Cafe Sings it’s Swan Song

I leaked the beauty shop rumor the Mockingbird was closing to the certain members of the media months ago. It’s offical and tonight is it. The Seacoast Echo has the story:

Old Towne Bay St. Louis was rocked Tuesday as word spread of Mocking-bird Cafe’s closure this Friday. The unique cafe — owned by Alicein and Martin Chambers— became a staple for many the two years it has been open with the sandwiches, locally brewed beer, live music and poetry readings.

“Financially we couldn’t afford to keep it, we have put everything we had into it,” said Mockingbird co-owner Martin Chambers. Continue reading “The Mockingbird Cafe Sings it’s Swan Song”

The Mockingbird Cafe Sings it's Swan Song

I leaked the beauty shop rumor the Mockingbird was closing to the certain members of the media months ago. It’s offical and tonight is it. The Seacoast Echo has the story:

Old Towne Bay St. Louis was rocked Tuesday as word spread of Mocking-bird Cafe’s closure this Friday. The unique cafe — owned by Alicein and Martin Chambers— became a staple for many the two years it has been open with the sandwiches, locally brewed beer, live music and poetry readings.

“Financially we couldn’t afford to keep it, we have put everything we had into it,” said Mockingbird co-owner Martin Chambers. Continue reading “The Mockingbird Cafe Sings it's Swan Song”

Sid Salter on Old Town Bay St Louis

If he thinks it’s a slow go in Old Town he needs to check out Coleman Avenue.

Nonetheless Sid Salter took the time to survey progress in Old Town and he wrote a good column about “The Bay“.

Like most Mississippians who live upstate, it is easy to visit east Biloxi and see the casinos operating full tilt and drive past the huge new condominium developments and declare that the Coast is getting back on its feet.

But in Bay St. Louis – and truly on most of the west side of the Coast – the recovery is still ongoing, and rebuilding is slow if not stalled.

Speeding up projects like the art colony would help immeasurably.

The movie title associated with slabbeds video reply pretty much tells the story of west side recovery. Continue reading “Sid Salter on Old Town Bay St Louis”

So, While State Farm Pulls Outs and Raises Rates, Small Businesses are Closing

WLOX lead off last night’s newscast with the closure of three Old Town Bay St Louis small businesses, the latest victims of Katrina’s local economic impact and out of control insurance rate increases. Just Duit was in business for 12 years. Pre Katrina the OldTown/Main Street shopping district was a small business mecca of sorts with all manner of art galleries, restaurants and gift shops.  At 1:04 in the WLOX video is a gentleman whom Commissioner Chaney is familiar as he attended his wedding last year in Vicksburg. He is running out of places to buy “nice things” for his wife, whom I’m certain Mr Chaney would agree is a fantastic young lady. Like the old days Hancock Countians have Slidell to fall back upon. Bobby Jindal could make good use of the sales tax…..

Commissioner Chaney also no doubt remembers Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tish William’s presentation last August at Gene Taylor’s town hall meeting. Following is the You Tube video of her segment where she has small business owners stand as she recounts how out of control insurance costs were “killing” them and how they were left out of the vast majority of post Katrina economic redevelopment funding. Three of those small business owners who stood with Tish then have now disappeared from the scene…. Continue reading “So, While State Farm Pulls Outs and Raises Rates, Small Businesses are Closing”