I drove down to Corpus Christi today to chat with the young lady. She said she saw a sigh that said, BRING YOUR BOOTS TO VICTORIA. The sign said nothing about clothes. When she was stopped by police, she stated she was trying to find her way to Victoria.
This $750,000 Boot thingy is really beginning to pay off.
ALERT! ALERT!Well it looks like our trendy Bootfest program is catching on all over South Texas. They are starting to take us serious down in Corpus. Yeehaaaa!
We need to figure out a way to pay this girl for the great advertising.
Riverside Park Part II
Lets get a walking trail down there that is more than 4 feet wide. Not just a trail but one comperable to the nice trail that was built in the city. Wide and concrete and smooth. Here is the important part, maintain it. Keep it looking nice. Cut the grass and edge the trail. Right now, if two people are walking in opposite directions in Riverside, one has to get off the trail in order that they pass each other. Joggers use the road because the trail is waaaay to small.
Riverside is Victoria's "diamond in the rough". It has been here forever and just needs some attention.
I heard that Friends of Victoria Basball took all their toys with them when they left. I heard we are paying two full time employees to work down there and for the most part do nothing. I heard the concession area is almost completely unuseable as there are no facilities there to serve concessions from. Certainly this city had a plan when they gave Friends of VB the boot, right??? Baseball season is here. How are the schools going to have a baseball game with no concession area that is useable??????????If the city can't do it, set up a public apology and beg Friends of VB to come back.
C'mon Doug, let's get this park back to being what is always could be and city council give this man the money to do what needs to be done.
Riverside needs permanent police prescence in the park. Not just to drive through but to ENFORCE the rules. Make this happen!!!!!!!!!!
So we all know what doesn't work...Going to someone that is not from here to develop an event that no one likes goes over like a turd in a punchbowl.
So what do you do in a city like Victoria?There has to be something because all this money has been directed at this insane "Heads in Beds" garbage. The CVB and 4 horsemen of the council are never going to turn back now.Doing what everyone does is silly. What is that you ask? Load up on the following... booths selling silly junk, beer, local bands and call the event some name that makes it a landmark event for the community. Same old crap everybody does.
Have a Riverside Park day or days. Build a look out tower in Riverside Park. Put in a Zip Line off of a tower from the Rose garden area down to the first turn in point to the river down the hill. Clean up the zoo and make it presentable. Fix the roads leading into our park. Fix the picnic areas and make it mandatory for persons using them to pick up their trash, Require a deposit for that stuff. Get rid of the damn buzzards. Clean up the duck pond. You will have to remove some of the ducks and geese because they crap on everything. Make it a park people are proud of. Make it a place that people feel safe to go into, day or night. Make it a place where you NEVER hear of a car that got broke into or where some clod is hammering everyone with there loud thumping music.
Things to stop:Stop trying to convince us that new parking in Riverside is for people that will never use it. Heck, we may not be all that bright. But I promise you, we aren't that stupid.
Stop letting people do whatever they want whenever they want in Riverside. Dog not leashed - you get a ticket... Drunk - you go to jail... playing loud music and bothering people - you get a big ticket... Littering - You get a Huge Fine.
Stop opening little parks all over the city that cost a fortune in upkeep when they are seldom if ever used and just present another place for the police to have to watch for the late night drug and graffiti activities.
What is the status of Rosebud Statdium since the city kicked out the friends of baseball??????????????????Has the City been kicking A$$ and taking names to try and maintain it as good as it was being maintained? Is the place even useable for a baseball game?
Parks Director Cochran - Dig deep, find a higher gear to run in and let's get Riverside on the fast track to being a good place to go hang out. It has been a long time since funds were really available for maintaining this beautiful park. This city needs someone to step up and tell the city council when it thinks they are full of crap. Not someone that tells them "great idea" when they are trying to do something that doesn't bring value.
I haven't read the 2012 Park Master Plan, but I'm going to and I would really like to see Riverside receiving the lions share of funding for future plans and growth.
Boot the Hotel Tax: www.goo.gl/jHEbY
Boy, nothing brings Victorians together like our shared disdain for the Boots campaign. Just when you thought gov't has invented its best moral hazard to destroy otherwise-productive capital, there's this fine display of costly willful ignorance.
I like the way Mayor Will Armstrong thinks and I fully support and agree with him...Armstrong states, "I'm certainly not in favor of discontinuing it. We've invested in it and I'm very, very excited,". "When you look at BootFest, it exceeded our expectations. When there's some scientific analysis, I think it'll be favorable. I really don't understand all the controversy around it."It reminds me of the time I was playing the slots machine in Vegas and had put over $100.00 in a quarter machine and didn't want to quit because I was "very, very excited," and it was about to pay-off, after all "some scientific analysis" said after you put so much into it, it will pay off...Unfortunately, I ran out of money and the machine didn't pay off...
Dear Goliad Residents,Do we have a deal for you.We are very interested in selling you the rights to use the "Bring your Boots brand". We have roughly a million five invested in this brand and we are offering it to you at this one time low low price of only 0ne Million dollars.And that's not all...If you call in the next 15 minutes you will not only get the brand, but will will throw in 22 pairs of $500.00 boots."Can it get any better than this" you ask??? Well yes it can!!!By calling in the next 15 minutes, we are going to hand you a fantastic boot trophy for you to use any way you wish.
Get on that phone Goliadians. This deal is only good for the next 15 minutes. Ha ha just kidding! You can take as long as you want, we don't have very many rules here in Victoria that we stand by.
Phone # 111-867-5309
HIT IT AGAIN SAM!!!!!
In 2009 when this “Bring your Boots” campaign was first announced and the funding requested I, along with a number of others, suggested to council that tripling the budget for the CVB the first year was not a good idea. This of course was met with opposition with statements from (President of Chamber) who “spoke in support of the CVB Marketing Plan commenting that it was well thought out and well researched with a knowledgeable Director” and Armstrong stating it had the full support of 750 members of the CofC. The expenditures for the CVB at $750,000, 3 times the previous year’s budget, was approved by a vote of:
AYES Council Members Rangel Polasek Halepaska and Mayor Armstrong
NAYS Council Members Soliz Hagan and Truman
Thank you Councilmen Soliz, Hagan and Truman for trying create a sensible approach to this mis-guided campaign and to trying to limit expenditures until measurable goals and results were presented. Once again the “the majority” of the council supported something that apparently was not a sustainable idea. It will be interesting to see if the council listens to the “professional” hired or if once again they interject their personal agenda and try to micromanage the outcome. I think there are many people in Victoria who would appreciate some reporting of solid numbers as to how much of the increase in hotel occupancy can really be attributed to this “well thought out and well researched” campaign created by “a knowledgeable Director” who is no longer associated with the CVB and how much is attributed to the current boom in the oil/gas sector.
Although I personally never cared much one way or the other for this campaign. I certainly never thought it garnered the vitriol and disdain that so many heaped upon it. Was it such a stretch of the imagination that a Community in South Texas with a long and continuing history of ranching would be a place where someone would bring their boots? there are a coupl of dance halls actually in Victoria county (Inez,Dacosta) as well as country and western clubs in Victoria City where "scootin a boot" has a large audience. Victoria also has a large Industrial footprint,(petrochemical,oilfield,construction) and altough not quite what the advertisement was selling, there literally thousands here who are bringing their "steel toe boots" to Victoria on a daily basis.Yes the "Boot trophy" is lame, the "Bootfest" could have been done diferently/better. I am not quite sure that the campaign was indicative of all the wonderfully differing activities Victoria has to offer, but I am definitely sure it didn't deserve the @#$% (that most people use BOOTS to walk through)that was heaped upon it.
all show & no substance...that's what victoria is when it comes to the personality of this community(or lack there of). this city/town lacks that. a river runs thru it (the "gardaloop"), but there has been no development of it to show; victoria was nearby to some noteworthy battles (fannin, goliad), ("close,but no cigar") so that's out; & the closest measure of personality(or quirkiness) was the armadillo festival of the '70's, yet the community did away w/ it. the amenities are there, i.e., riverside park & deleon plaza, so run w/ that. whether it be boots, or not..."advertise it & they will come". oh yeah, & make money off of it!
is it too late file criminal charges over this complete boondoggle ?
A waste of money if you ask me but thats what are City Council Clowns do best!!!!!!!!
From Armstrong:"I'm certainly not in favor of discontinuing it. We've invested in it and I'm very, very excited," Armstrong said. "When you look at BootFest, it exceeded our expectations. When there's some scientific analysis, I think it'll be favorable. I really don't understand all the controversy around it."Scientific Analysis?????????? When you take free mystery money, fling it in random directions, and then try to guess at the return on that "investment", you will never be able to determine whether something was favorable or not. You just get to sit a round and say, it was a success, without any real way to determine that for a fact. That is a wonderful thing that many of us wish to have. Zero accountability for our monies.
If this Boot thing gets the heave ho, please take that silly boot trophy with you. Trying to garner support by shanghaiing the new High School Football programs was one of the most embarassing acts during this insane Boot debacle.
I could have put on a festival like boot fest and had the count of people that they had. I have done it before. It is not that hard to do. I would have only spent a tenth of the amount of money that Boot fest spent. It is just a few phone calls and a way to track the festival events. Even Rhythm of the Road, a local Country/Rock Show Band draws 2,000-+ people all the time. They could have pulled more people if they had hired a few bands with a household name. A bunch of no names to play a festival is a good idea but the headline act that is a no name is not a good idea. Boot fest could have had 50% more people with a well known band on Friday and Saturday night. I wear underware and boots. What do either have to do with Victoria. We might as well promote the "Show us your Underware" fest. There are people already participating all around the Golden Cresent area and throughout the U.S.. Final word ..... Drop the boot fest champain and just have a Golden Cresent Festival that celebrates Victoria County, City, not boots.
"Those conquistadors who came up here wore boots. The French wore boots. Our cowboys wear boots," Armstrong said. "Even some bankers wear boots."
The Nazis wore boots. George Orwell wrote of boots on throats... forever. I can't think of the BOOTdoggle without these images coming to mind. Stomp click.
There were "thousands" of people who attended Bootfest. How many of those counted are not current citizens and employees of the Golden Crescent? Oh, I hope our cops enjoyed hauling ice for the vendors.
The BRING YOUR BOOT campaign was a lame idea from the beginning. Dig a hole and bury it, please.
The BOOTFEST is nothing more than a glorified flee market with loud music and fireworks. i attended the first one but never again. The Mayor nor anyone else has shown how many heads in beds Bootfest attracted to our local motels/hotels. All they did was declare it a success. I say, bury it with the boots
"Roth acknowledged that branding experts note community buy-in is an important factor in the success of any city marketing campaign."
Good Luck, Goliad!