Econ Dev 101

The Patels should pay off their tax bills before the Escambia County does any more with them. No incentives until they start building. No front-end money from the county. Let the state review their business plan and decide if they deserve any grants.

Meanwhile let’s focus on more credible deals. Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia are dealing with Mercedes-Benz, Kia, Toyota and Hyundai. We’ve got to two hotel owners with no car manufacturing experience wanting $2.4 million and who have Art Rocker as their spokesman.

This is a joke, right? This has got to be an satirical article in The Onion.