http://www.click2houston.com/news/Judge-calls-amusement-park-taxpayer-tragedy/-/1735978/17445754/-/5dow88/-/index.htmlMore digging into the debacle that is Earthquest!
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Lessem says of Marlin Atlantis's involvement: "It's hard to blame EMCID for trying, but not being expert enough to do their financial investigating of...a company that did a lot of bullshitting that they had the capacity to make this happen."
But it seems there was plenty of bullshitting to go around, with much of it spewed by both McCrady and his dubious consultant, Don Holbrook. With Lessem out of the picture, EarthQuest's destiny seemed to be largely in their hands.
Because local media expressed exactly zero skepticism about McCrady's and Holbrook's royal proclamations, their lavish trips and spending sprees went unnoticed for years.
It wasn't until a reporter for the Houston Community Newspapers chain, Cynthia Calvert, left her post to launch her own paper, The Tribune, that someone actually tried to find out the real story.
Much to McCrady's dismay, Calvert broke the story earlier this year about Whitestone's bankruptcy. Things like that weren't supposed to happen. McCrady was supposed to tell the public and the media that everything was going fine, and they were supposed to smile like idiots and take him at his word, and he was supposed to take his annual cost-of-living raise, party in Vegas on the District's dime, and use the District's AmEx and Visa to charge things like $1,000 for an apparent jalapeño popper-fueled orgy at a TGI Friday's in Humble.
Calvert's reporting, and that of Tribune Editor Geoff Geiger, also uncovered public records showing that the District paid for a 12-day reconnaissance of theme parks in Canada, Orlando, the Bahamas and China for McCrady, Holbrook and their families. The District also covered a first-class flight to Tokyo and Saigon for McCrady, a District board member, the District's attorney and an engineer.
Calvert also looked into Holbrook's background and came up with more questions than answers.
A self-described maverick with a fondness for portmanteaus ("thrivival" = thriving + survival), Holbrook is the kind of guy who loves to make bold, if often weird, claims, like his assertion that he "launched the first economic development Web site in the world in 1991."
He claims elsewhere to have "worked on over 100 projects representing over $1 billion...in capital investment, generating more than 50,000 jobs in his nearly 20 years in the profession." Neither Calvert nor the Press was able to find documentation to support this.
He also claims to have authored "the best selling book in the economic development industry," which is a remarkable feat for a self-published book whose sole professional review came from Kirkus Indie, a fee-for-review service for self-published authors. (Holbrook has self-published three books. Until recently, he hawked these books on the EarthQuest Institute's Web site and Facebook page.)
It would have been wonderful if Holbrook had quickly clarified some of these matters, but, after an initial phone interview, Holbrook didn't return the Press's calls. He had dismissed Calvert's work for the Tribune and was suspicious of reporters' motivations.
"You've got media that writes purely investigative reporting...and then you've got...yellow tabloid journalism," Holbrook told the Press. "And if you're referring to the Tribune, you know, they report infactual stuff that's not factual at all [sic]. And they don't seem to want to actually report the information that's factual if you do give it to them."
Holbrook seems to have had some initial success in the early-to-mid-1990s, working as the economic developer for the city of Crookston, Minnesota. However, he didn't seem to find much success after leaving Crookston. A gig as executive director of the Red Wing, Minnesota, Port Authority, was short-lived; hired in 1996, he was fired in 1998 after some of the Port Authority commissioners questioned his résumé.
Holbrook claimed to have a doctorate and MBA from LaSalle University, an online institution subsequently exposed as a diploma mill. While most LaSalle "students" simply wrote checks for their degrees, some poor saps actually thought they were writing term papers and theses for a legitimate university. Holbrook, who has said he wrote thousands of pages for LaSalle courses and spent years on his dissertation, appears to have fallen in the latter camp.
The Port ultimately fired Holbrook for what they believed to be fraud; Holbrook sued for breach of contract. The suit was settled out of court, with the Port paying Holbrook $160,000 to cover court costs, and the Port also issued a "letter of misunderstanding," saying Holbrook had not lied on his résumé, he just wasn't able to produce certain documents in time.
From there it was on to his short stint in Lake Havasu City, followed by an acrimonious few years as executive director of the Wayne County (Indiana) Economic Development Corporation, where he started off on the wrong foot by spending $10,000 on new office furniture, including $8,000 for a desk.
When a board member and a former Corporation staff attorney questioned these and other expenditures, Holbrook hired a lawyer to dash off letters threatening them with legal action if they didn't stop making "untrue and malicious statements."
The local paper, the Palladium-Item, followed with an editorial calling for Holbrook's ouster, saying, "Holbrook's flagrant bullying involves tactics designed to silence critics of a public official's public spending and performance. His actions follow a pattern from past employment, a pattern that stifles needed public discourse and disclosure."
http://www.click2houston.com/news/Judge-calls-amusement-park-taxpayer-tragedy/-/1735978/17445754/-/5dow88/-/index.htmlMore digging into the debacle that is Earthquest!
http://www.click2houston.com/news/New-questions-arise-about-amusement-park-project/-/1735978/17147970/-/5w8vfgz/-/index.htmlSo nice to see Don Allen Holbrook getting the attention he deserves! Kudos to Craig Malisow for leading the charge to expose this Fantasy Land project!
http://www.click2houston.com/news/Where-is-Houston-s-replacement-for-Astroworld-Part-2/-/1735978/17141626/-/15b4enuz/-/index.htmlMore scathing follow-up on Don Allen Holbrook, the dubious consultant, and his perpetually stalled Earthquest theme park from hell!
Channel 2 Investigates will be airing a story on Earthquest tonight, so please tune in. What could be better than an update on this fantastic story by Craig Malisow!
Don Allen Holbrook's boat to Fantasy Land has sunk! All the remaining third-party defendants named in his frivolous harassment suit have been dismissed by the judge in Ohio. His bid to silence John and Jane Does (taxpayers commenting on matters of public concern - Earthquest) is out the window. What kind of idiot would dare to sue taxpayers discussing how their tax dollars are being spent? I hope the taxpayers are outraged enough to see this fool never works in our great state of Texas again!!!
The dubious consultant, Don Allen Holbrook, consulted the Earthquest bunch straight into an investigation by the FBI and other enforcement agencies. What fine work by Holbrook! http://www.ourtribune.com/article.php?id=14113
Five years ago the city of Crookston attempted to proclaim itself "the Bigfoot capital of the world." Don Holbrook, then executive director of the Crookston Economic Development Authority, told the Star Tribune that the small town wanted to drum up "alternative" tourism by opening a Bigfoot museum. To that end, Holbrook had told the Strib that the town would be doing more research into Minnesota sightings. Quast wrote to Holbrook, offering his services. When he never got a reply, it began to dawn on him that it might all be just a stunt.
Poor Mr. Holbrook is just too befuddled to keep his degrees straight:
Another case that will show that freedom of speech is not crossing the line causing hatred, harassment, loss of income, and other acts that Heather and Paul Dobrott have gone way above the legal threshold. Don is going to have a field day when his legal action get to the court room. It won't be some silly summary judgement that Heather Dobrott shouts all day.
Unless Mr. Holbrook has authorized you to speak on his behalf, you would be well advised to be careful what you say. Holbrook may not want to turn over his tax returns and other financial records to prove the loss of income you are braying about.
Of course, those documents would show just what he has earned from those 100s of projects he brags of, his speaking engagements, book sales and clients. It would also out your identity as all the parties would be seeking information on the posters commenting on this dino disaster / Fantasy Land.
Holbrook indicated to Pahrump in writing that the project had not been rephased in May 2011. He said flat out that groundbreaking was to occur in Texas by December 2011 or early 2012. He also said emphatically that it was not reduced in size or scope. So, just how it is that this Titanic, that is to have its day with destiny according to the Tribune, is going to move forward? (bottoms up!)
I assume you have verification that there are in fact investors coming on board and can give us a current figure that reflects the amount raised.
My little muffin, you do realize that sued is past tense? So, let's have the court of filing and case number for this suit you are braying about.
There is media coverage coming in Ohio as that suit is in progress. This should be quite interesting to follow. I assume Holbrook will talk to reporters from Ohio I always cooperate with the media and law enforcement.
Only 2 new members were elected to the EMCID board. The EMCID board still has more people supporting the project. Martin Wise LOST. LOL! Yesterday's election will have very little impact on the EarthQuest project.
The EMCID will see to it that East Montgomery County will have something to show for the extra taxes that the residents of East Montgomery County will be paying for the next 28 years. Nothing but a project like EarthQuest will generated the revenue needed to justify those taxes.
The project is and will still move forward. Just because no one invites or notifies bored, sued, desperate housewives( soapboxmoms) doesn't mean that investors are not being pursued at this very moment. Happy MOTHER's day.
Only 1 incumbent will return to the East Montgomery County Improvement District. So, Holbrook's campaign donation was for naught. His gravy train is now likely ended and a cold and critical look will be taken at the floundering Earthquest project. Is Holbrook going to threaten to sue all the new board members who dare to ask questions and research his background??? He is trying very hard to silence everyone else and get everything about himself that he doesn't like removed from the internet.
Don could careless about the internet. But what you, Paul, ProfessorHenryHiggins, LittleRoundMan, Doc B( oh that's right that is you playing multiple members and that is creditable? ) and the rest of the members on yours and your husbands website realscam dotcom will have your day to get what want. A place to go on record with your real names and addresses for others to sue. SLAPP that.
www.ourtribune.com/article.php... Look who the Chez Nous group has for a contributor. Don Holbrook certainly doesn't want that gravy train to end as that is the only source of income listed on his bankruptcy for the last 3 years. No doubt new board members coming in will stop paying him for this project this isn't exactly "moving forward." McCrady didn't say it, but bottoms up anyway! Cheers!!
Hey Don, sue this site also. They allow crazy lady Heather Dobrott and Criminal empire site owner Paul Dobrott to post anything witn no regard to truth, but have deleted comments from others about the Dobrott's.
"I invite our readers to take a hard look at the comments by those purporting to be supporters of Don Holbrook. Dragging my husband through the mud based on fiction and making all kinds of false, sometimes criminal, allegations against our extended family and worse wanting to drag our children into this??? Absolute low-life scum. Remember, if Holbrook files a lawsuit the defendant gets to (in reality) file a lawsuit against him if they file a counterclaim, and there are no filing fees. The defendant gets to file for free!!! What should be a discussion about Earthquest is getting really ugly for no reason."
poor whiny hypocrite. Remember you say all public information is ok and now above you cry. You haven't seen anything yet human.
We have contacted all family listed below and others and requested interviews for potential case.
Colette M DobrottDavid Dean DobrottPaul DobrottJohn Roland DobrottRobert D Dobrott
To talk to one of those listed would require the services of John Edward or someone else in his intriguing profession. What did you have to pay for those services? Will you be publishing the information gathered????
OK folks, can we please cut out the name-calling and posting of family members' names, phone numbers, etc? Please move those threats elsewhere.
I'll repeat my request from the other day: if anyone has credible information about lawsuits being filed against the Dobrotts, or about Paul Dobrott being a scammer, please send it my way so it can be reported. Otherwise, all I see are baseless accusations made by people too afraid to use their real names. Healthy debate is one thing, but this has just degenerated into sub-literate playground taunting. Please, I beg you, for the sake of humanity and the preservation of IQ points everywhere, knock it off!
Whoopy. The second time or more is the charm. You, Paul, your children and kin will get what you deserve. You have it coming. Your words will be judged including your last whacky statement. Stop trying to scare the lawsuits away. You say you want it then let Paul know to get a lawyer.
For the readers who want this crazy lady Heather committed, do a background check on Paul Dobrott. There are some surprises on his credit report.
Here is some educational reading for the lawsuit happy Black Knight fans:
Our armchair lawyers here might want to get their facts straight before making any more embarrassing posts. I have been sued and triumphed in Summary Judgment for libel, slander, defamation and tortious interference and I have also gone into court pro se and forced the defendant (same idiot) I filed against to remove all his libelous comments. Tim Darnell, who was the subject of a scathing Craig Malisow article here, tried messing with me and he got the devil's horns to be sure.
Be sure to note that Tim Darnell now has a $97,265.17 tax lien and the eternal wrath of Soapboxmom. There is no escape from death, taxes or my wrath! Brilliant tactic!!!
"I contacted the organization the following ways:The Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem - Autonomous Grand Priory of the United States of Americacontact_usa@osmth.org
I made them aware of his vicious attacks on free speech. Don's trampling all over the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States by his not so thinly-veiled threats of legal action against posters on websites. Who does Holbrook think he is trying to silence public discussions concerning projects utilizing thousands or millions of tax dollars? What makes him think he can withhold charity documents that must be made public by law. What shameful behavior! Does his treatment of clients exemplify the actions of a Knight in shining armor???
Wrong Paul R Dobrott and Heather Dobrott. Even if you post "true info" it must not be done with criminal intent as you and your kin have done. Take it to court, not to your twisted nonfactual opinionated world. You have done way worse than the criminals who lost a cyper stalking case for 13 million. You and every member on your site will be cleaned out soon. I know first hand what is coming your way.
Don Holbrook the Black Knight says, "None Shall Post!" Really!
Status: Active File Date: 06/18/2010Entity Type: Domestic Limited-Liability Company File Number: E0313382010-8Annual List Due: 06/30/2012 Entity Age: 2 Years, 11 Months
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Owner to sue and file criminal charges:Paul R Dobrott2518 Suncrest Dr.Garland, TX 75044Phone: (972) 496-3649
Heather Clarke Dobrott is in favor of all public info being posted so we hope her neighbors like it as well once their info is also posted to help all the people that Heather, ProfessorHenryHiggins, littleroundman, and others have hurt. Let Paul know we have over 400 people that have put in place legal actions against him being he is listed as the owner of the rag site. And do we have a list of dirt on him Heather. Hubby isn't so clean. You may want to put him on your rag site because he has scammed people.
Wow, we seem to have taken a turn for the vindictive and petty here. Could you please explain what you mean by "put in place legal actions"? Do you mean that more than 400 people have filed lawsuits against Paul R. Dobrott? If so, that's quite a story, and it needs to be reported immediately. Seriously, if the husband of a woman who runs a site called Realscam.com is himself a scammer, then it needs to come to light.
So can you please tell me in which court(s) these suits were filed, or the names of the attorneys and/or plaintiffs I'd need to contact? That would be very helpful.
It's 4 pm central time, as I'm typing this. Surely you can get this info to me in the next hour, right? You can also e-mail me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 713.280.2481. I can't wait to get on this story, Realscam lawsuit! (Sorry, I'd address you by your name, but you didn't include it.)
Mad Scammers!!! Realscam.com is doing something right. Let's have all those case numbers and Plaintiffs.
Perhaps, this would be a good time to discuss Huber Heights, Ohio suing Don Holbrook to recover the money they paid him for his work as an economic developer. He has been accused of not fulfilling his contract there. I suspect they were less than delighted with what he brought to the table, which included Contour Entertainment's designs with the Earthquest project renderings among them.
It sounds like a 14 year-old arguing with a teacher. Ms.Dobrott sounds like she doesn't know the first thing about business development or the theme park business and is trying to teach the class. Her comments are unworthy of serious consideration. The internet is the only place where anyone would listen to her and she is making the most of the attention to stroke her own ego.
Huber Heights Ohio doesn't think Don Holbrook is very knowledgeable either apparently. They are suing him:
I need to make a clarification in my previous statement to be very specific in my comments. The original developer on the EarthQuest project was Marlin-Atlantis, which used a controlled holding company for the land called Houston Whitestone Land, LLC, which filed for bankruptcy in 2011 after they're other controlled entity Earthquest Adventures failed to perform to their development agreement with my client the East Montgomery County Improvement District, (EMCID) in raising the necessary capital to cause the project to be funded for construction and eventual opening operations. All of these entities to my knowledge were managed by one of the owners of Marlin-Atlantis Company's John Marlin. Mr. Marlin negotiated the BK strategy on behalf of Houston Whitestone Land Company, of which EMCID owns the controlling interest of 51%, but EMCID has no financial obligation with regard to any of the debts associated with Houston Whitestone Land Company. EMCID acquired the 51% to protect the direction of the proceedings so that the EQ going forward strategy could be protected within this wind down and legal proceedings. Mr. John Marlin contacted me today and asked that I be more specific in my clarity of the explanation. This is as specific as I am able to be and to the best of my knowledge is accurate. I know that there are many different holding companies woven into the Marlin Atlantis original Earthquest strategy and I may have the names slightly off from their legal names, but the gist is correct.
Your commentary is a fictional accounting of a very positive economic opportunity for Greater Houston's economy. Many projects such as this go through unexpected mitigation such as the failure of the developer and then have to carefully navigate that web of liabilities in order to separate a good project with valid financial market appeal from an insolvent over-leveraged developer that got squeezed with financial pressures during the Greatest Financial Recession in my lifetime. EMCID has done a very professional job of strategically protecting the ability for the project to regain site control and then move forward in the pursuit of capitalization to fund the construction and opening of the Theme Park as an anchor to an over-all destination tourism strategy. They had to work within the constraints of the US Bankruptcy Court and the judicial timelines dictated by that court.
No project of this potential magnitude is achieved without front end public sector risk and thus the eventual reward for persevering through the long-term process of locking down the right developer, operator and investment groups to support the project over-all.
Most theme park projects that are successful in the world today take between 8-14 years to get open and operational from concept to operations. This is according to a third party theme park expert that is world renowned for her knowledge of such things. They always constitute the need for a strong visionary public sector partner. In the early stages it is always the public sector partner that carries the burden of getting the professional due diligence done, validating the market, developing the footprint and site requirements, creating the conceptual design (intellectual property) and the financial business case that will be utilized to attract the private sector investors. It is a shared risk environment.
EMCID has done everything very professionally to keep this project on the path to be able to move forward to fruition and without their efforts this project would not become a reality.
Lastly, I believe your portrayal of my own professional background was sensationalized to lead people improperly to believe that somehow I have acted inappropriately in the past or perhaps am doing so now. Nothing is further from the truth. My economic value and the amounts of monies I am paid as a professional are directly tied to my hourly fee for my know how of constructing public-private partnerships, incentives and special legislation that will induce potential private sector investors to invest in such projects and addressing any mitigation factors within my area of expertise as a highly decorated and accomplished economic developer. They are not extreme fees considering the intellectual know how I bring to projects. Neither am I a professional developer. My clients sign contracts with very clear fee definitions and terms of payment, my fees are not contingent upon some developer being chosen and/or the developer finding investors. By that point my public policy work has been done, validated by jurisdictional approval and further validated by an executed development agreement. I am a highly paid and respected professional. I do not unduly charge unwitting people for hidden fees. I clearly set out my fee structure in each and every contract tied to performance milestones as has been the case in the EarthQuest Project. I was asked first to do work for Don Lessem, then asked to further do work in support of the expansion of the concept with EMCID, and then assigned to do work in support of the now defunct developer Mr. John Marlin and Marlin Atlantis Companies (who has not paid his final bill to me for my work which has been completed on this project since 2008-2009. Lastly I was asked again under another separate contract to give assistance to the EQI project with an hourly contract which was consistent with my previous contracts stated professional hourly rate. I did so under the promise that the board of directors would make sure that myself and Dr. Gardner and Ms. Thomas were paid partially as we did the work requested of us monthly by the EQI board of directors and finally in a deferred but not contingent basis until Marlin Atlantis contributed their promised financial support for the EQI. That financial support never appeared. We as professional employees got stung for our time. Now some folks may believe that professionals such as ourselves make too much per hour, but that is based on non-factual opinions. Many attorneys, accountants, and other professionals make far more than my own hourly rate. What others think of my economic value other than my clients is irrelevant. But when you fuel rumors and innuendo in these type of articles that are purely opinion based it economically harms people like myself now and far into the future with no basis for such wrongful assertions. Up until these slanderous and defamatory articles and now comments fueled by this malicious blogger Heather Dobrott, I had not experienced any credible or legally justified customer complaints, stated dissatisfaction or anything of anything close to unethical behavior. There must be a reason for that? Of course there is. I was doing my stated job and performing to the expectations of my clients engagement contracts. Now your continuous posting of this article has unjustly created a perception in the general public that is virally spreading across the internet causing me to have tremendous economic hardships now and into an unfathomable and unpredictable future total damages that are completely not factual. I performed my job and completed my assignment in each of my contractual client based contracts. To this day I have not been paid fully for my economic development incentive strategy and the special legislation that I was asked to assist in designing to make this project economically attract to the private investment world. I have waited patiently for my final payment and worked with EMCID to achieve a turn around under the promise that at that time my final payment would be paid by the new developer as a requirement of using any EMCID entitlements as per our written contractual agreements. Any work I have done since 2008 has been on an agreed upon retainer basis in support of moving this project to eventual fruition.
This woman Heather Dobrott seems to use your article and those of the OurTribune as some form of factual basis to bombard my clients, colleagues and others that hire me to consult, speak and purchase my books. She is acting illegally and outside of the borders of professional and lawful conduct in the online crusade to defame, slander and create libelous commentary regarding my profession, my conduct and my professional economic livelihood. I would appreciate your ceasing to attack my professional reputation just because you do not believe a project will come to fruition. In the past I have many times seen such projects become the economic game changer that most did not think was possible. That is the nature of economic development creating positive economic outcomes where others only see adversity and complacency.
Don A. Holbrook, CEcD, FMBoard Member of the International Economic Development Council.
For those that want a sobering look at theme park disasters please Google Hard Rock Park. That park cost 400 million to build in Myrtle Beach (a popular tourist area). It went bust the first year. It was bought at auction for 25 million and went under again the next year. Even with the 25 million dollar price tag it could not be run profitably and remain open. What chance does a green theme park have with folks like Holbrook who have no experience running and maintaining something like that??? How much has been budgeted for advertising and building cost overruns?
There is no comparison between these two parks. I know for a fact as I did the evaluation and review of Hard Rock Park in SC for another client. The Houston market is the best market in the United States for a major theme park and is centrally located in the 4th largest city in the United States, with a major hub airport, gulf port, and exponentially more visitors and population than a remote city in SC. You are no expert on theme parks and should bias your statements as to the lack of knowledge you actually have on such subjects. Secondary to that the Hard Rock Park in SC was built for adults mostly and theme parks cater to 10-18 year olds mostly and thus an adult theme park would be more likely to be Las Vegas. Children should not be expected to view some of the raunchy stuff on the theme at Hard Rock in SC. In addition, Hard Rock did not have a public-private partnership in SC, they knew more than everyone and felt their brand and strategy was enough to carry their project. Obviously they were wrong. The Earthquest project has had three official world class theme park economic analysis groups report independently that the Houston market is the best and only one they feel could support a theme park in the US today. That was further backed up just last year by another 4th opinion from yet another of the world's most renowned theme park experts. The only issues with the EarthQuest project lie squarely with the lack of performance by the private sector developer and the timing of the unforeseen global financial crisis. The developer situation is able to be remedied by EMCID and the financial markets are now finally beginning to show signs of new investment mindsets.
Have all those reports been made public as requested? Please give us the links.
Can an independent park that is not affiliated with Disney or the like really get funded? What if this park does have cost overruns and will actually cost more than a billion dollars to construct? How much has been budgeted to promote the park? How many visitors must come through the gates yearly for this thing to break even? If the project has been downsized and the resort isn't built early on, where are visitors supposed to stay? Has anyone really addressed the astronomical cost to maintain a 550 acre park? Lots of questions. Where are the answers?
And, here is more of the story from The Tribune:
Anyone that has victimized by Heather Dawne Clarke Dobrott, or harassers from her site RealScam, like ProfessorHenryHiggins and littleroundman; please contact your police department and Jonathan Betz Reporter, WFAA-TV, Channel 8, Jbetz@wfaa.com
Don Holbrook is potentially facing suit:http://www.realscam.com/f11/ie...
McCrady's comment about "expensive outings were actually high-pressure, cutthroat courtships wherein East Montgomery County was competing with communities across the country and had to do whatever it could to stand out." is another gem in this incredible article. Thanks to taxpayer money then, it appears that McCrady was courting Don Holbrook with worldwide travel, meals at Chez Nous, Rocket tickets, limousine rides and more. McCrady courting Holbrook??? Yikes!!!!
As the creator EarthQuest sustainability theme park, and the knucklehead whose misadventures start off this very-well written piece on the many problems afflicting the park, I did want to make clear the distinction between those project-stalling actions that were numb-skulled or self-serving, and those that may have been criminal.There's been way too much blustering and stone-walling going on from the project principals and employees, which doesn't help clarify matters. But in short, some of us were simply misguided and have nothing to show for it - I'd include myself and science advisor Dr. Matt Gardner among those. Many others made a lot of money and delivered nothing. East Montgomery County's development organization spent a lot of taxpayer money without doing proper homework on the project team. Don Holbrook, the economic developer whose record is questioned here, made a good deal of money and is owed more, but actually did his job of getting the government interested in supporting the project very well. So by the standards of that profession, he is entitled to what he earned.The rest of us, taxpayers and myself included, are still hoping this all pans out. But the developers, Marlin/Atlantis may have criminally misrepresented their ownership of the land, and misappropriated bond funds from County citizens. I'm hoping that continued investigative sleuthing and perhaps government investigation will bring answers to what became of that money.Meanwhile, oddly enough, the EarthQuest project is in a better place than it ever was. The company purchasing the land from Marlin/Atlantis is apparently open to supporting the project and the concept developers at Contour Entertainment are honestly trying to broker a funding deal from investors internationally. I wish them luck and I wish some good news for us all.
Thanks Dino Don for attempting to set the record straight. Those of us that were hired under contracts based on our performance to achieve objectives stated in our contracts by our clients have been wrongfully accused and defamed based on innuendo, rumors, bloggers and slanted media. I doubt no matter what facts are given they would properly report or blog the facts correctly. With regard to the Fantasyland article, I actually gave the reporter facts, and he chose to deflect them and not base the article on factual evidence. He chose to purposefully mislead the general public in order to sensationalize his own fictional conspiracy theory. I have chosen not to respond to these folks because of their inability to be factual, fair and impartial in their alleged investigative stories. Soapbox is just a housewife with too much time on her hands and a delusional vision of her own misguided contribution to society in my opinion. My experience is you can't reason or debate with people that are so self absorbed they can't tell fact from fiction. I do appreciate your valiant effort to set the record straight. I also agree the project, thanks to EMCID's strategic intervention is now in the best position ever to bring this project to fruition. Nothing of this scale and magnitude comes without criticism, but when it opens all this will be washed away like a sandcastle on the beach of time.
EMCID has its bond expenditures up. Notice that Don Holbrook raked in $773,963.43 from his LLC alone. That is in addition to his take from the defunct charity and any other pies he had his hands in.
Mr. Holbrook should consider legal action against the people who have made discrediting him and spreading lies on the internet their life's work. Dobrott has been sued before. I'm sure she will again.
How about Don Holbrook, the pompous buffoon that he is, just substantiating the claims he himself makes. He wrote that he "worked on over 100 projects representing over $1 billion...in capital investment, generating more than 50,000 jobs in his nearly 20 years in the profession." Let's have that properly verified!
Ms. Dobrott,Snake Oil Saleman Don Holbrook, has made the same claims to us in Pahrump, NV. When I questioned the town board and town manager if they checked his past or the statement about 100 projects, it felt on deaf ears. How he is coming back for a second dose of $250,000 for the second half of the proposed project here. As another questionable item, his going bankrupt here in Las Vegas Court the same month August, 2011 as the principles in Texas. Makes you wonder where the common sense of the people we elect to see a scam right in front of them.Another item is they took parts of the Texas study and put it together with the last study to show the town board, here. How stupid does Holbrook think we are.
Your name calling is really unprofessional. I think it significantly discredits you and your organization. You very much come out sounding like someone who can not separate your emotions from your cause. Expect this to get you nowhere. You have a personal problem with Holbrook and you are taking it out in public forums in order to discredit him. Very recently, people have won lawsuits against people who engage in this type of activity. Especially, if a court determines that malicious intent has effected his ability to support himself. The forums that allow this will also be forced to get involved. If you are not careful, you may give Holbrook the biggest windfall of his life. How's that for irony?
Ms. Dobrott, YOU are the one who is clueless and I sincerely believe that you will be made to pay for your mistakes, before all is said and done. You are making UNPROVABLE claims against people all the while HOPING that full disclosure of documents (that likely don't or never existed) will clear things up to your satisfaction. Not smart. If no documents exist that PROVE that Holbrook or anyone from the EMCID did anything illegal in a court of law - YOU will have to answer for spreading libelous remarks on so many internet forums -especially if anyone can prove that you have effected their ability to make a living. At this point no legal action or investigation has even been initiated against anyone involved with the EarthQuest project.
You are setting yourself up for an epic downfall. At some point you must ask yourself "is it worth it?" Using words like "buffoon" only make you look unprofessional as a consumer advocate and someone who is just desperate for attention. Your tactics don't seem unlike the people who were recently successfully sued in the article mentioned above. By the time anyone convinces you of this, it will be too late if it isn't already. In order to prove that Holbrook did anything illegal, you will need a lot of documents that IF exist, will be almost impossible to attain. But if anyone wanted to prove that you have made hundreds of defamatory remarks on a variety of web forums, all they will have to do is a simple google search by typing the name soapboxmom or Heather Dawne Clarke Dobrott. You have made it too easy for them. I bet you are not the best chess player in this match. Check.
You sir are totally clueless. There were false accusations of sexual assault made according to that article you linked. Holbrook is being asked to substantiate his own lofty claims and provide documents that are required by law to be released. He made several hundred thousand dollars off of the Institute Earthquest, which is now defunct and will not answer legitimate questions concerning that . He is also being asked to explain the necessity for the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on travel, entertainment, meals and hotels for the Earthquest Project.
So, Holbrook can continue his meltdowns and his fan club can continue attacking legitimate critics with complete BS or he can come clean on the real story behind the Earthquest debacle. Full disclosure of all the facts will clear this up. Holbrook needs to release all the documents and minutes of the EQI board meetings Don Lessem mentioned and more. Problem solved!
If you're being harassed by Heather Dobrott soapboxmon, ProfHenryHiggins, littleroundman or any other the other vigilantis, you can finally make them feel the pain that their criminal actions may have caused you and your family. Join over 5000 so far of people that have been victims of their crimes and actions. if you see your name or other information that was put on there to cause you harm through vigilantism, harassment or any other financial, physical, or emotional pain. Please join in and report them and their realscam site to every online and offline legal department. Do not be afraid by their comments because they have committed crimes against you. I m not here to judge any of your businesses. I have no business that has been attacked, but I have friends that have requested legalhelp which is being worked on.
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report to every regulatory agency online, the fbi, attorney general, local online police department sites. Tell them you are afraid for you life because Heather Dorrott and the others are responsible for hate crimes and causing Vigilantism. let them know that they are also racist because they mostly do this to black people. Don't stand for their bigotry. I have reported it to my pastor at my church too. if you're on there, do not ignore. They are committing many hate crimes.
This is who the criminals are.
Racist, Sedition, Lamestream Media, Crazy Mob Rule, Lynch Mobs, Heather Dobrott, ProfHenryHiggins, and littleroundman