This just in from Wild Bill Nigro…
Forget the headlines, crime is actually down in Westport, Nigro says.
"I just got our crime stats from the KCPD and our crime is the lowest it’s been in 10 years," Nigro says. "We’ve just had a couple of high profile crimes. But outside of those everything is much better here."
Then again, how could crime not be down with business in Westport down – way down – because of competition from the Power & Light District, Martini Corner, Waldo , DUI checkpoints and the economy?
"That’s not right," Nigro says. "We just had a great summer and a great fall. The best in the last three years."
Now if someone can just muster the cajones to dismantle what’s left of the lame, withering Brian Euston monument.
It was one thing to put it up last year when the search to learn how the 24 year-old man died was still on. But now that Euston’s unhappy tale has been told – involving him inserting himself into the exact wrong place at the exact wrong time in the exact wrong way (while blind drunk), it’s time for the memorial to come down.
For a number of reasons….
For starters it represents practically every negative stereotype – right or wrong – that Westport is known for.
Drunken rowdiness, black-on-white violence and the overserving of alcohol to customers (anybody lived through a Buzzard Beach, 3 a.m., shots-only, last call?).
On top of that, the elements have not been kind to the four month-old, makeshift paper and plastic "memorial."
Now it’s time for Westport to take it down and move on towards a hopefully better, brighter future.