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Mayor calls press conference on Marine training session

Back in 2006 the Marines used downtown Toledo for their urban exercises to prepare them for situations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Back in 2006 the Marines used downtown Toledo for their urban exercises to prepare them for situations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

TOLEDO -- Mayor Carty Finkbeiner called a press conference, Saturday night, to explain why he didn't want Marines training in downtown Toledo. Marines from Grand Rapids Michigan say they planned their urban exercises with the police department well in advance.

The Mayor says he and other top city leaders didn't know about it until hours before their arrival, Friday. He says with thousands of business workers leaving downtown on Friday evening that downtown is not a good place for the training.

Back in 2006 the Marines used downtown Toledo for their urban exercises to prepare them for situations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mayor Finkbeiner says he observed that training and saw citizens walking by. "There was a look of wonderment and some people's faces and a look of fear on other people's faces."

Finkbeiner says in 2006 he met with the Public Safety Director and Chief of Staff. "I said this is not a good idea."

This time he says there was not enough information passed along to city leaders. "Good planning can get a lot accomplished on behalf of the military while protecting the health, welfare and safety and tranquility of the men and women who live there."

However the Marines' Company Commander Dan Whisnant says, "We had press releases going out this week. We had a previous planning meeting a final planning conference essentially in January and everything was good to go.

News 11 asked people if they think Mayor Finkbeiner's decision is right.

One woman we asked says, "No, I feel we would have welcomed the marines."

"They're here to protect us. The mayor has no say in what they can and cannot do and I don't think the citizens have a problem with it," says another woman. 

"I think Carty scares the people more than the Marines scare the people," says one man.

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