Monday, March 20, 2017

Dunedin Blue Jays now engaging in Security Theater

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how the Clearwater Threshers were adding enhanced security features at their gates to coincide with Major League Baseball requirements.

According to a Blue Jays press release, the same security measures are now in place in Dunedin.

Once again, I don't see the point. Dunedin is one of the smallest cities for Minor League Baseball in America. It is the smallest Spring Training venue. The Dunedin Blue Jays average less than 750 fans per game.

This is hardly a terrorist target of opportunity.

With so few people in a 5,000 person stadium, even if a gunman were to try to wreak havoc in small, sleepy Dunedin, the gunman would really have to work to find targets. A well-placed armed police officer could easily extinguish the threat.

As well, if there hasn't been a threat yet to Dunedin or Blue Jays fans, why the need for additional security now? What changed?

Security measures should not increase unless a response to specific threat. Otherwise, they increase work and cost for no reason. They might also be an attendance deterrent and with the Dunedin Blue Jays last in the Florida State League in attendance for the last several years, that's not a good thing.

But then again, the Blue Jays are looking to receive millions in upgrades from Pinellas County (More on that soon.). So perhaps they don't care about Dunedin attendance.