Port Richey 3: The Port Richening! Whiskey Joe a Go, Erik Soujanen Gets Ejected, and Marijuana Decrim Gets a Look

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Meanwhile, in Port Richey…

At a boistrous and contentious City Council Meeting, some BIG news:

Port Richey City Council has asked the city attorney to look into the pros and cons of decriminalizing possession of marijuana amounts under 20 grams, by adults.  This does not mean it’s happening, but that Port Richey is at least considering whether such a measure represents a threat to kids, families, and others…Or whether it is a GREATER danger to imprison people for an activity that hurts no one. Garyn Angel made persuasive arguments for decriminalization.

Mr. Angel eloquently argued that locking people up for small amounts of cannabis is wrong, and we should stop doing it.
Mr. Angel eloquently argued that locking people up for small amounts of cannabis is wrong, and we should stop doing it.

Then it got a little crazy…

Erik Soujanen rose to ask a question of the Council, and was treated in a dismissive, arrogant way by City Manager Jim Mathieu.  Mr. Soujanen was asked to leave the meeting, and then Port Richey police were ordered to remove him from the premesis.

Today’s interview with Corey Cottrell and Erik Soujanen covers that conflict, and more.

All the requested variances by Whiskey Joe’s were approves, some with conditions, and it looks like they now have approval to build a multi million dollar dining and drinking establishment in the WOD.

I was frankly NOT impressed by the difference in treatment from the stated “We’ll bend over backwards to help you!” offered to Whiskey Joe’s, compared to Erik Soujanen being ejected for seeking clarification of the standards for permits for live music in the Waterfront Overlay District.  It seems like bad news, to me, that a business owner who has already sunk big money into waterfront development is treated shabbily AT THE SAME MEETING where the Mayor was so ingratiating to the folks from Whiskey Joe’s.

At an often boisterous and contentious City Council Meeting, all requested variances for Whiskey Joe's were approved, and Erik Soujanen, owner of Gill Dawg was kicked out of the meeting.
At an often boisterous and contentious City Council Meeting, all requested variances for Whiskey Joe’s were approved, and Erik Soujanen, owner of Gill Dawg was kicked out of the meeting.

 

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