VIC COLUMN - Thoughts: What if they say “no”
If you ask for a piece of information and the people that have it say, “No,” do you get your 3 dollars back?
That is my dilemma after I asked for a police video from the City of Clinton. The video in question is not covered by the state’s open records law, and just making the request carries with it a city-imposed fee of $3. I paid it - 3 $1 bills - and filled out the form, and got a lot of what I asked for.
There’s a law that the city says it’s complying with that says I can’t have it. In the spirit of full disclosure, I have to say “Yes,” I can have it, if the city wants to release it. There appears to be two other videos related to the same incident. I haven’t decided if I’m going after those, or not.
Hey, I live on a reporter’s salary. I need every $3 I can get.
I’m not really sure where this came from, but here’s a random thought.
Why doesn’t somebody buy the house that used to be the Clinton Museum and the house at the corner of Florida Street and Musgrove Street, and open up two Bed & Breakfasts.
They could even call the second one “The Musgrove Inn,” a name with historic reference in Clinton. We already have one in Laurens County - the Amelia in Cross Hill - so the business model works. I’m suggesting two B&Ss based on “the economy of scale” - one manager for both instead of two, that kind of thing. One kitchen to prepare meals for both, unless transporting is more of an issue that it’s worth.
They might need a full-time marketer. Tie into PC Music’s schedule for visitors looking for great music. We have historical sites and agri-tourism that can be tapped into. The marketer would have to “stay ahead of” local events to invite guests to stay at the B&Bs; RR and BBQ people will love Rhythm on the Rails. We also have an under-development recreation complex that might attract visitors to tournaments and events.
This way, they would have a reason to travel into Clinton. The Cotton Loft is going to need accommodations for out-of-town wedding parties. What’s better than three blocks away? Kind of the same principle as the Hampton Inn out-back of the Newberry Opera House and Firehouse Conference Center.
In this industry, customers want stay-over experiences away from traditional hotels and motels. Plus, it puts the Clinton Museum building back on the tax rolls. I presume one of the B&Bs could go on the tax rolls at 4% since the owners would live there; the other would be 6% and both would need a business license. When Big Daddy’s opens, they could provide some Day of the Big Game catering.
A nice wine bar could go in one of the buildings; and after March, it could become a Sunday afternoon tradition for Clintonians to drink a mimosa on the veranda.
Ahh, bring back life’s simple pleasures.
Vic MacDonald has never owned or operated a B&B, but he is Editor of The Clinton Chronicle. Reach him at 833-1900.