To The Daily Sun,
It is apparent that our politicians are setting the precedent of how we should behave by the way they are behaving. On the national level our top leaders have in many cases totally ignored the rule of law. In other cases they use that same rule of law to squash others that disagree with them. This behavior would not be tolerated except for the backing of a corrupt press and legal system and a complacent public. It seems that the same behavior has trickled down to the local level.
In reality rule of law should be interpreted and followed taking in consideration that most laws give a great deal of flexibility. What is missing in the equation is morality which seems to have been completely thrown out the window.
In the case of the City of Laconia's parcel of land that Lakeport Landing has leased and built on as part of their business, this lack of morality has shown its ugly head. Yes, the law allows for the city to sell the property to whomever it pleases. The city manager and I'm sure a bunch of other city politicians are pushing for a sale based on the highest offer. Of course this decision is based on what they (through hired assessors) have determined the property is valued.
Does anyone question the over-assessed values of their own properties for tax purposes in this area? Maybe the value of this particular property has gone up due to the improvements that Lakeport Landing has invested toward their business over the years (with the permission of Laconia).
Now, there is another neighboring marina that is a competitor that is jumping on Laconia's greed to sell high. As the price offered is not that much above Lakeport Landing's price I would question if there might be some relationships between that marina and some of the politicians involved. All of this has created a big local mess and is causing undue damage to a very-long-time and cherished local business.
Legally the city of Laconia has a right by contract to sell to the highest bidder or to sell to Lakeport Landing at the price that they offered, which is by any measure a reasonable price given the money, improvements and history with Laconia that they have invested over time. What is totally immoral in this case is the city of Laconia's decision to not take the initial (reasonable) offer from Lakeport Landing and instead go for the greed. Shame on you!
The second immoral act is from Irwin Marine in their decision to get in a bidding war for the parcel and building that has been so vital to Lakeport Landing's business. Shame on you!
In the meantime the city and towns in this area are scratching their heads wondering why more business are not attracted to the area. Maybe they should look in the mirror to see if there is really a friendly business atmosphere here or not.
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