Pirates of Massachusetts Bay
Boston Mayor Tom Menino has added a little spice to the dreary spring by opting to go to war with the organizers of Sail Boston -- who appear intent on stiffing taxpayers for the $2 million security bill that comes attached to this summer's Parade of Sail. He fired a verbal cannonade across Sail Boston's bow.
... it's a public safety crisis, because we're not going to be there," a visibly angry Menino said. "When you plan an event of this magnitude, I would think you'd have the finances in hand before you make a commitment, and we were never brought into the financial piece for the last nine months."That means an estimated 1 million people will be cramming along the harbor -- without police protection or even trash cleanup. I bet Homeland Security Janet Napolitano loves that idea.
A spokeswoman for Sail Boston defiantly hoisted the symbolic extended middle finger and tried to stare down Hizzoner.
"The event is definitely happening; the 50 tall ships are definitely coming," said Sheila Green, a spokeswoman for Sail Boston 2009, a nonprofit group that organized the event.
Just give us a little more time to raise the cash, she says.
Menino is absolutely right to demand the tribute, given the city and state's precarious fiscal state and the fact organizers promised to do better after leaving taxpayers a $1.6 million tab in 2000.
So here's an idea for Sail Boston: Maybe they can blockade the harbor and board the fleet of small boats that will be trying to watch from the water? After all, one of 'em will probably has a chest full of pieces of eight.
Conversely, Menino can order a fleet of Boston fireboats and tugs to set up their own blockade.Is Johnnie Depp available for an appearance?