Public dollars to build stage for hotel???

Am I the only one who sees the insanity of using public dollars to build “an outdoor stage, with a video screen and all the bells and whistles” at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Beach Hotel?

A concert series on Pensacola Beach would be nice, but spending half a million dollars to enhance the newest hotel on the island isn’t the proper use of island beautification funds. In fact. concerts aren’t island beautification either.

These beautification funds (which are generated by lease fees from Portofino) are the public’s dollars, not Portofino’s – and can’t be spent on the whims of the SRIA board or Robert Rinke.

If Jimmy Buffet and Margaritaville Beach Hotel want a stage, let them build it. The Gulf Shores Hangout stage, where Buffet played Sunday, wasn’t built by the City of Gulf Shores or Baldwin County.

Has the County Attorney looked at this?