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Superior officials unanimously express disdain for Carlson, Last Place on Earth
PHOTO: Mayor Bruce Hagen, at the microphone, and multiple Superior officials said Thursday they want Jim Carlson and Last Place on Earth to stay out of their city and county.
Superior and Douglas County officials on Thursday said they don’t want the Last Place on Earth store or its owner Jim Carlson to establish a business within their jurisdictions.
Their stern comments were made at an afternoon news conference in response to a published report in which Carlson said he’s looking for a new location where he can open his store as soon as possible.
Superior isn’t that place, said Mayor Bruce Hagen, whose forceful remarks were echoed by Police Chief Charles LaGesse, County Board Chairman Doug Finn, County Administrator Andy Lisak, Chamber of Commerce President Dave Minor, Development Association Executive Director Michelle Hostetler and Business Improvement District Executive Director Kaye Tenerelli.
Although Superior has ordinances in place designed to prevent anyone from selling legal alternatives to illegal dope, Hagen said “We will take every single measure we have available, or perhaps even harsher if necessary, to make sure this doesn’t happen in our community.”
He also asked multi-millionaire Carlson, who resides in Superior, to pack his bags and leave.
“I’d be happy if he moved out of our community. We don’t need this type of resident in this community.”
Further, Hagen issued a stern message to any Superior property owner who might consider leasing space to Carlson.
“We will come down on them with everything we have. They will be known, they will be recognized and they will be condemned in this community,” the mayor said. “A business person in this community who choses to do so in conjunction with Mr. Carlson will be called out immediately.”
During a question/answer period, one reporter indicated that in an interview conducted directly before Superior’s news conference, Carlson said he wouldn’t sell dope substitutes, but would operate a tavern or some other type of store. In response, area officials said they don’t want Carlson, who currently is charged with multiple felonies, to operate any type of company in their community.
“It sounds like a laundering shop to me. I personally would vocally, vociferously go to bat against him doing business in Superior, period,” Hagen said.
Minor agreed, saying Carlson’s track record suggests he wouldn’t honor a promise to refrain from selling imitation dope. Finn said he’d do whatever possible to keep Carlson out of Superior’s business districts.
“This is a unified force between the city, the county, the public sector and private sector,” Lisak said.
“We are open for businesses that grow our community and make this a great place to live, but this is not the one. I ask this business to please not locate here,” Hostetler said.
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