Does Port really need a 52 room, three story hotel plus two meeting/banquet/convention halls that obviously will attract additional traffic and congestion to our quaint town? The answer is absolutely not! Approximately two years ago TONH Supervisor Jon Kaiman spearheaded the vision for a new Port Washington that called for smart development so not to overwhelm our community and simultaneously to create new recreational and open space areas. The Bradley Hotel contradicts the vision for all of our citizens who live in Port.
Last Sunday, I strolled down the waterfront with my wife and my two kids for a lunch at Louie's. I was thinking what it might be like if the Bradley Hotel was built - excessive traffic, car horns honking, crowds of people and noise. Thank goodness I was only daydreaming. These are my reasons for voting no to the Bradley Hotel.
1. Show me the "study " conducted by the developer outlining the reasons why a hotel will be good for Port. Why didn't I receive a questionnaire asking me if family members will stay at the hotel? Will I be willing to spend $200 to $250 per night? Can all 52 rooms for 52 weeks per year be fully occupied? What happens if the Bradley Hotel doesn't succeed?
2. How much will the Bradley Hotel really generate in tax revenue for our community? Show me the financial statement (reviewed by a CPA) that will show how our community will benefit. Will Port be required to hire additional police officers, sanitation and other requirements to maintain the integrity of the neighborhood, which will most likely be paid for by our community?
3. The Bradley Hotel runs contrary to the vision for Port. The vision plan contemplated a B&B with maybe 10 rooms that fits with the town landscape.
My recommendation to Jon Kaiman is let our community decide what's best for our community!
I challenge the Port Washington News to conduct a survey of its subscribers and non-subscribers to ask Yes or No to build for the Bradley Hotel on Lower Main Street.