I'm sure that I've read it on here somewhere before, but didn't the original plans for metropark contain a design for a real amphitheater?
And weren't those original plans deterred by the same people across the river for the same reasons, noise?
Dogwalker, I believe, was part of the group that was against it, but I could be mistaken.
Nope, you are not mistaken about my involvement in stopping the amphitheater. You are mistaken to think it was a part of the original plan for Metropolitan Park. It was a scheme cooked up by Rick Mullaney to benefit some friends of his. He was also going transfer a public park over to ownership by a private corporation.
He was chief of staff to Delaney at the time and got caught hiding some correspondence that he should have revealed to numerous public records requests. Rather than see him prosecuted, the mayor decided to drop the whole thing. I think it was a major embarrassment to Delaney.
That's a totally erroneous account of what happened. The amphitheater project wasn't initiated by Rick, though he was a major backer and promoter of it. It was also endorsed by John Delaney, my father, as well as his administration and all those in Jacksonville who wanted a thriving scene for music and culture.
Rick and co identified (correctly) that that kind of structure was becoming the trend in civic concert venues, and felt (correctly) that it would bring dozens of events to the city. Rick did not "hide correspondence", nor was there ever any threat of "prosecution" for anything he (or anyone else) did. You're either misremembering or misrepresenting the situation. It's true, however, that the St. Nicholas noise campaigners and their misinformation campaign were part of the reason the project was killed. However, the only "embarassment" was that a handful of myopic whiners were able to derail a forward-thinking project that was desired by the majority of the city.
As a result, the metro area has missed out on literally hundreds of concerts and cultural events that otherwise would have come here, Downtown lost an opportunity to turn Met Park into a real destination, and the urban core remains silent as a tomb most of the year.
Good work, Dog Walker.