by OB Anonymous
The Ocean Beach Mainstreet Association. Will they rent spaces to anyone during The Farmers Market? It appears so.
Perhaps I’m alone out there but I would think that one of the roles of the OBMA is to support the local business’s on the 4900 block of Newport. It’s not bad enough that there is a significant drop in revenue from having all the parking spaces taken from 4900 block merchants, but now, to add insult to injury, they seem to be working against local merchants by renting spaces to jewelry vendors, massage therapists, clothes vendors, hot food booths etc etc etc. How does that help the tax paying businesses on the 4900 block of Newport Avenue?
During a recession it becomes much harder for local merchants to make a living – not to mention having to compete with our own weekly Farmers Market. I’m shocked to find that in spite of any list they may have, they appear to be ignoring their own guidelines and renting to anyone who offers the right amount of money. Is body piercing next? Facials? Haircutting? Beer garden?
We have a number of business’s on the 4900 block that sell jewelry, offer massage, serve hot food and sell clothing and considering the rate that small businesses are closing, I believe that MUCH more consideration should be given to the 4900 block merchants who supposedly benefit from having a Main Street Association in the first place. What the heck is their purpose other than that?
According to the OBMA web-site this is “their credo”:
“To find a unique balance of economic development, within a neighborhood setting and through special events, to contribute to the health, welfare, and pride of our coastal community”.
But at whose expense do they do these things?