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Oct 21, 2013 3:58 PM by Janine Reyes

Voters Hit the Polls for Destination Bayfront, Supporters & Opponents Weigh In

CORPUS CHRISTI -- If you live in Corpus Christi and you're old enough to vote, you have the chance to weigh in on a controversial plan for the city. Destination Bayfront is Proposition 1 on the ballot.

The $44.6 million dollar proposition allows voters decide the future of our bayfront, because if it passes, that's who will help fund it.

"We need to defeat this not just by a little bit, but by a whole lot so we send a real clear message to city hall to take care of our basic business," said John Kelley who helped organize Neighborhoods First, a group opposed to the plan.

Kelley says the plan is not necessarily a bad one, but it's something our city and our homeowners just can't afford.

"People, I think, are really fed up about our infrastructure. Every time it rains a little bit, or streets flood, we have wastewater problems. Our bays aren't fit to swim in half of the time," said Kelley.

Add to that the condition of our streets - 11th worst in the nation - and he says it's a no-brainer.

"We have much higher priorities for our bonding money right now," said Kelley.

But about a dozen area organizations gathered to endorse Destination Bayfront on this first day of early voting.

The Convention and Visitors Bureau is one of those groups and says it will help them sell our city to big groups, festivals organizers and conventions.

"Right now we're the 5th most visited destination in the state of texas, Destination Bayfront gives us one more marketing tool to use to get up to number 4," said Colette Rye, Communications Director for the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Corpus Christi Association of Realtors says another area for growth is property values. They will go up and so will the demand to live by the attraction. "It will bring 1,800 to 2,500 additional living units in downtown Corpus Christi that in and of itself projects a lot of money, explained Warren Andrich with the Corpus Christi Association of Realtors.

While Kelley doesn't deny that, he says voters should take a look at who will get the lions share of that money.

"Primarily the land owners immediately around Destination Bayfront. If it passes it will increase the value of their property tremendously," Kelley said.

For an interactive map showing appraised value of nearby property, click here.

According to the Texas Secretary of State website, the top three companies that stand to see increased values on property nera the project are either not in Corpus Christi or are listed as no longer being in business.

The number one company, with seven lots worth $2.2 million today, is Point Grey Investments, a company based in the Philippines.

Next up is Guinn-Soin, LTD of Rockport with three lots currently valued at $1.7 million.

Third is the now-defunct Bayfront Medical Plaza, LP. The state lists the company as having an office here in Corpus Christi, but again it's no longer operating. The company has two lots worth $1.4 million.

The Neighborhoods First group will meet tonight at 7 pm at the Police Officers Association at 3122 Leopard.


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