Nov 5, 2013 1:55 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Destination Bayfront's Destiny: Pass or Fail

CORPUS CHRISTI - Plenty of people have been lining up at the polls to cast their ballots. Especially for what some says is the biggest draw on the list, the Destination Bayfront Project proposal.

While we don't know yet if it's passed, project organizers, like JJ Hart, say plans are in place if it does.

"All the input for Destination Bayfront came from the public. People have to decide, do they want Destination Bayfront or not," Hart said.

He's been behind the 44.6 million dollar project since it became an idea in 2003. He says it's still up to the public who have been able to weigh in since then.

If the project passes, Hart says, then the real work will begin immediately. The first item on the 'to-do' list will be to raise 15 million dollars in private funds.

"We have to raise that private money, there a lot of other details that have to be worked out but then we'll begin the design element phase and move on and really get the details of the park done," he added.

The good news for those against the project, is that plans can't go forward until that private money is raised. Which mean taxes won't go up.

However, if the proposal gets voter approval and the private funds are raised then tax payers can expect to pay for it over the next 20 years.

"23 dollars a year for every 100-thousand dollars of property you own," Hart said. "If it doesn't pass then what we'd have to do is regroup, and meet to figure out what the city wants to do and get their input on what to do moving forward."

City officials tell KRIS 6 News, two options include using extra money from the 2008 realignment project toward park construction. That wouldn't cost any tax payer dollars. Option two, would likely push the 'Destination Bayfront Project' to be an item on the 2016 bond election ballot.

If the project passes and if the money is raised, then construction would begin in the spring of 2015 and the park will open in the fall of 2016.


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