The Marines Battle in Toledo Update

Bob Owens at Confederate Yankee followed up on the story of the Marines that were kicked out of Toledo by the city’s mayor. It seems the city council has revolted against the mayor on behalf of the Marines. They passed a resolution today that they hope will make amends with the Marines:

Toledo City Council yesterday attempted to quell the controversy surrounding Mayor Carty Finkbeiner’s order to cancel a Marine Corps warfare training exercise downtown with a unanimous vote of apology.

Without discussion, the 12-member council approved a resolution apologizing to Company A, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines, based in Grand Rapids, Mich., for the mayor’s action Friday afternoon.

Mr. Finkbeiner, who has refused to apologize and has defended his decision, yesterday declined to say whether he would sign the resolution or if he believed the controversy would hinder the city’s attempt to renew the 0.75 percent income tax on the March 4 ballot.

Bob learned that in addition to the apology, the resolution also includes the following:

In addition, the resolution will offer to pay the Marines for the lost training costs, and offers to pick up a free night’s stay for each of the 200 Marines anywhere in the city, and will provide passes to area restaurants and events.

Toledo has some wonderful locally owned restaurants that I hope these Marines get the chance to visit. I personally like Mancy’s Italian, Georgio’s, and, of course, Tony Packo’s.

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