The vote on vacating Rawson Lane to Pensacola Christian College was put off earlier this month. It will be voted upon this Thursday, it is on the agenda.
Over the last several months, I have been contacted by many constituents that are in strong support of vacating Rawson Lane. Several citizens that are strongly opposed to this action spoke at our meeting earlier this month.
Arguments could be made to support either position, and there are some consequences to consider if we do vacate this road to the college. But there are numerous positive benefits that the community as a whole gains from closing the road--most notably a massive construction project that will allow the college to continue its growth and that will grow the jobs base here locally. Recently, a presentation was sent to commissioners detailing the latest economic impact PCC has on our economy locally. It is significant.
For my part: I support the mission of PCC, what they do for youth and their positive impact on the lives of so many. I am happy to see them grow and succeed and being a Christian man myself--I love that they lead many to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This matters, this is important. In fact, if we boil the whole thing down to the essentials of existance on this planet--nothing is more important than this, nothing. It really bothers me that Christians beat up on this school--it is perplexing and I don't get this.
So to the haters that hate PCC, I say this: PCC does do impactful things in the community, they offer very reasonable tuition for many that would otherwise be unable to afford private school. They offer summer programs for area youth that could not otherwise afford such programs, and Camp of the Pines is a first-rate summer camp program that offers area youth an amazing week-long summer camp experience for a dirt-cheap price. Two of my three children attended this camp and my youngest went to PCA for pre-school--which was inexpensive and first-rate in quality.
Some people do some things that appear to be beneficial to a community, and these folks beat their chests about this and self-promote the apparently generous and selfless actions they take and donations they make (while not spotlighting the concomitant personal, ancillary, and tax beneficial consequences such gestures inure to such persons or entities) This is 0ff-putting. This is disingenuous.
PCC doesn't do this-- they quietly do things that benefit our community, our country, and the world--they do this in so many ways. This subtle and subdued approach to philanthropy and good deeds is refreshing, uncommon and admirable.
So this vote is important for many reasons and will generate passionate discourse and emotional testimony from those on both sides of the equation. I can't wait, I can't wait to vote this issue and move on.
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