We are writing this letter out of shock and anger for the port’s termination of Joe Wheeler. Something has gone terribly wrong with the management of the port if a loyal, hardworking, intelligent, honest and kind member of the port community can be treated with such disrespect. In our years as port tenants, we have never before witnessed such unprofessional and vindictive behavior. Now it seems to be the norm.
The culture of our beloved port has been corrupted and you must act immediately to fix it. Making the wrong choice is something we all do. There is no shame in admitting a mistake. It’s just part of being human. You, as our elected leaders, are no different. Right now, you have the opportunity to do the right thing. Up until recently, the three of you have overseen a smooth operation because you had the right person at the helm. That is no longer the case. Clearly, you have made the wrong choice for port director. You have brought in someone who is not appropriate for our community. The port has a long history of quality people working harmoniously to create a positive experience for locals, visitors and employees alike. At a time when your years of good works should be applauded, they are instead being overshadowed by the behavior of an unsuitable manager.
We implore you as public servants entrusted with this very special civic asset to rectify this outrage. Remove the problem and reinstate Joe Wheeler immediately with your most profound apologies. If this is not something you feel you should do then you have failed us all and ought to resign right away.
Thank you for your time.
Lauren Cohen & Derek Steere
San Juan Canvas, LLC