I think the world of your father who has proved what a great person he is over and over again. Rick Mullaney is a scumbag, lowlife and events happened just as I outlined them. Dick Suddath and I were the people who put up the money to hire lawyer Sid Ansbacher, fondly known as "The King of Public Records Requests".
An inside source in the courthouse told him about the letter of agreement between Mullaney and the Amphitheater developers that he was not releasing although it was covered by the records requests. His bar membership could have been affected had we sued him about the issue as it was a clear violation of the Sunshine law.
We dodged a bullet on that amphitheater project. There have been endless problems with them where they were built both because of noise and behaviors. We got the Veteran's Arena instead and there is a concert there tomorrow night that everyone will enjoy and that will disturb no one.
We also dodged a major bullet when Mullaney lost the mayor's race.
Yes, I recall you guys threatening to file all manner of lawsuits to get your way. Nothing ever came from any of that, let alone "prosecution". And it was certainly not the reason the project was abandoned, though of course the misinformation campaign played a big part in draining the political will.
So what did we lose out on? Literally hundreds of shows who book upper-mid size venues, who currently skip Jax because there's no suitable facility in town for them. Thousands of people enjoying our downtown every year. Unfortunately, some people don't understand that a vibrant downtown will be, well, vibrant.
As for Rick, I'll say that I totally disagree with your characterization of him, and leave it at that.