RV parking in Lake City
Time is of the essence to improve the image
Columbia County, FL (Posted
2011 07:45 am)
When this issue of parking at Walmart overnight
started, I was present at the Columbia County Commission
meeting and present at the Lake City Council meeting. My
first impression was Cecil Shaw's actions were not for
the benefit of the community. Cecil Shaw was out for
himself financially, so he could have RV's stay in his
park or maybe others.
The thought of one's economic gain is the basis for a
capitalistic society. Mr. Shaw did not understand
the total market place and the consequences of what
would happen. He envisioned something far greater for
Fortunately, the County Commissioners knew the
Walmart property was not in county. This time the
property was outside their realm of jurisdiction and
they did not have to bear the total responsibility of a
poor image for Columbia County. Columbia County
looses anyway, through no fault of its own, in this
battle of whether or not to allow parking.
At the time, I did not know if Cecil Shaw was on the
Tourist Development Council and now it does not matter.
What is the concern at hand is to restore Lake City's
and Columbia County's image.
What the Tourist Development Council and its staff
have managed to build in the area of tourism is now
being destroyed far quicker than it was built.
The Tourist Development Council could be called
Tourist Destruction Council. This is food from which
comic writers feed. Who knows, Jay Leno's staff writers
may have already ingested this material.
My suggestion is to have Cecil Shaw removed from the
Tourist Development Council.
The process for this is unknown to me. Maybe he could
resign. Then put out a press release indicating he is no
longer on the board.
Simultaneously, the City should consider the
removal of the ordinance of not allowing overnight
parking in the Walmart.
In the interim, maybe the local police can focus on
the more important issues and situations in our
The world is reading about Lake City, as can be
plainly seen in the media and on the web. The feedback
is not positive.
Time is of the essence to improve the image.