Swayed more by ecologists and preservationists than by the huge potential for tourist revenue, Jersey City mayor Jerramiah Healy refused to support a proposed plan that would bring the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix to Liberty State Park.
In a statement advising Jersey City’s Tourist Office to abandon plans for the F1 venue, Healy decleared:
“After a review of the draft proposal prepared by the City’s Tourism Office, I have come to the same conclusion…that this type of event is not suited for Liberty State Park. While we work to attract national and international events to our city, we must ensure that they are appropriate and will have the least impact upon the quality of life of our residents and our community.”
Maybe Liberty State Park wasn’t the best option, but you’d think that the mayor would at least call for a counter proposal. There aren’t many events that can attract the kind of tourist dollars an F1 race would bring to town, and mayors generally aren’t re-elected for keeping the local economy flat.
Hey Bernie Ecclestone: send me a PM if you want to bring the U.S. Grand Prix to Jacksonville, Florida. I’d be willing to bet our Tourism Office would be a bit more… accommodating.