Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Deal? Or No Deal?
Not to be the pessimist, but it is hard to bake a cake without the proper amounts of the correct ingredients and Cyntreniks was short 138.72 pounds of Ben Franklins to make the Bentley deal stick. Time to move on. The Bentley has historic significance to our community and is in need of preservation, no doubt. Who among us has the finances or business acumen to feed the white elephant all it will consume to have as a status symbol we can refer to as a landmark? Can a consortium of local investors be assembled to form an operating group that can lease the Bentley from Mr. Dean and have a satisfactory outcome? So far, no one in our community is stepping up - so why would any outsider be more aggressive. Does anyone have any observations that would make the downtown environment conducive to the economically viable operation of the Bentley Hotel? I would close by saying that we should all realize that Mr. Dean owns the Bentley hotel - not any one of us. It is rather disrespectful to discuss the outcome of the Bentley without the input of Mr. Dean - after all, it is he who owns the property. Any thoughts?