Posted: Sep 19, 2013 9:26 PM by Mike Manzoni -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Sep 19, 2013 11:07 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI -- Another grass roots organization has joined the fight against the multi-million dollar bayfront re-design project known as Destination Bayfront, making it the second group to launch a public campaign to nix what has long been a divisive and controversial idea.
Neighborhoods First, which formed in earlier this month, got together for a meeting Thursday night where it discussed what it believes fixing broken streets should be the city's priority, not giving the downtown bayfront a face lift. The Corpus Christi Taxpayers' Association launched a similar campaign in August and has since distributed hundred of yard signs and T-shirts with the words "Destination Bayfront," crossed out.
"That money, when you add it all up, could repair or rebuild a very large percentage - perhaps as much as 80 percent of our residential street," said organizer Sam Dalton.
Butch Escobedo, another one of the group's organizers, said it's not that the project isn't a nice idea, it's just that the city shouldn't do it right now.
"If I had a house and my kids wanted a swimming pool I would fix the leak in the house before I'd put in a swimming pool," he said. "And this, in essence, is what the [city] council is getting us to do - they want to put in a pool before they fix the leak on the roof."
The project heads to voters in a special elections set for Nov. 5.
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