Saturday, October 31, 2015
Record and Chamberpot Cohabiting Together Come December 1: Corporation-lovers' Love Nest at SR 312 and SR207
The Chamber of Commerce of the United States a/k/a "Chamberpot" has lobbied against all decent legislation since the New Deal.
It's a cartel: a "peak association," in political science terms, representing cartelists.
It is an affront to small business interests, taking millions of small businesses' hard-earned money to lobby against small business interests, in favor of monopolies, Big Business subsidies, and even supports Big Tobacco and Big Oil interests that are contrary to public health and our planet's future.
Investing your small business profits in Chamber of Commerce membership is like putting Dracula in charge of the Bloodbank.
The Chamber of Commerce's tawdry tatterdemalion local affiliate, which Chamberpot lobbied to criminalize art and music in St. Augustine, is moving in to the ghostly, nearly-empty The St. Augustine Record building on December 1, 2015 as a tenant. (The $5 million Goss press was moved out and the paper is now printed in Jacksonville).
How desperate a newspaper to make "strange bedfellows" with business lobbyists?
Can't imagine The New York Times selling its office space to polluters, price fixers and corrupter lobbyists.
Will this make the impecunious Record crew even more amenable to printing impudent monopolistic propaganda favoring developers and Florida Power & Light?
Will this odd tenancy stave off a second Morris Communications bankruptcy?
You know what William Shakespeare said?
St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce to share Record building
Posted: October 18, 2015 - 11:32pm | Updated: October 19, 2015 - 10:08am
By STUART KORFHAGE
For years, the St. Augustine Record building at State Road 312 and S.R. 207 has been more than just a newspaper office.
That diversity is about to increase further.
The Record has reached an agreement to add the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce and St. Johns Volunteers! as tenants of the building, effective Dec. 1.
Customers of The Record will still be able to access the building during normal business hours just as before. [Ed's note: whew! We're so relieved.] Operations for the newspaper at the building will remain unchanged.
Record publisher Delinda Fogel said she’s comfortable with The Record’s alignment with its new tenants.
“It was just a nice fit,” she said. “The three entities, we all want to make St. Johns County a better place.”
Due to the size of The Record’s office, the company has a history of leasing space to others. Currently, the radio station 105.5 FM The Beach, owned by Flagler Broadcasting, broadcasts from the building. Episcopal Children’s Services is a former tenant.
“We just need to make the best use of the asset we have,” Fogel said.
The Chamber recently sold its building at 1 Riberia St. and will be moving into The Record building while it transitions into a new way of operating.
“We are eager to move into a more suitable office space in the St. Augustine Record building,” said Isabelle Rodriguez, president of the Chamber, in an email. “We are working diligently and making great progress on our three-year plan to modernize the Chamber’s programs and services.
“The sale of our St. Augustine office and our move into what will likely be a temporary space is one more step toward our goal of creating a co-work concept space for our members, staff and the business community at large.”