Although it has seemed for weeks that Philadelphia lost the fight to keep the 2010 Dad Vail regatta, U.S. Rep. Bob Brady says not so fast. His office this morning issued a news release saying that the Dad Vail does not, in fact, have all the guarantees it purported to have to move the race to Rumson, N.J.
Here's the press release from Brady:
PHILADELPHIA ---Congressman Robert A. Brady (D., PA) today asked Mayor Michael Nutter to grant the Dad Vail Organizing Committee’s (DVOC) request to hold open the 2010 Dad Vail date in light of publication of a Letter of Understanding signed by the Borough Council of Rumson and the Dad Vail Organizing Committee (DVOC) showing that the DVOC has overstated its relationship with Rumson and the commitments Rumson has made to it.
Brady said, “In November the DVOC informed Philadelphia that it was moving to Rumson because Rumson had put up $250,000 for the event and promised to lower costs. Their representations led the Daily News to headline its story (November 14, 2009): N.J. town puts $ behind its offer to host regatta. The Philadelphia Inquirer (November 19, 2009): “It was an offer the Dad Vail Regatta could not refuse, and one that the cash-strapped City of Philadelphia could not hope to match: $250,000 in guaranteed donations, and sharply lowered operating costs to boot.”