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Aug 20, 2013 10:33 PM by Mike Manzoni -- mmanzoni@kristv.com

Councilman Finds Anti-Bayfront Group Insulting

CORPUS CHRISTI -- At-Large City Councilman David Loeb said Tuesday he was offended by a watchdog group rallying against Destination Bayfront, claiming some opponents are reversing an earlier stance on street maintenance to bolster efforts to nix the bay front re-design.

Loeb said members of the Corpus Christi Taxpayers' Association who recommended pushing the bay front project referendum back to November 2014 to focus on repairing public roads have made an about face in their position on street maintenance.

"When I hear people who didn't show up - and in some cases opposed us doing more on streets - show up and say that we [City Council] shouldn't do Destination Bayfront because we should focus on streets I think it's insulting to us, and I think it's insulting to the voters and the community."

The Corpus Christi Taxpayers' Association launched a campaign Friday to get people to vote against the multi-million dollar bay front project Nov. 5. The association said the special election, which will cost between $180- and $200,000, is too expensive, adding the money could be better spent to repair public roads.

If voters approve the project, the first phase of the re-design, which will cost about $46 million, will begin in 2014.

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