The future of Port Aransas was the topic of a special city council workshop Thursday.
“Perfect opportunity right now to do that because of the hurricane,” said Mayor Charles Bujan.
Hurricane Harvey left Port Aransas in bad shape.
Many residents praised the council and Mayor Bujan for their efforts in the three months since the storm.
“You've set aside your own personal disaster to deal with the city's disaster and we all owe you an incredible debt of gratitude,” said resident Steven Lanoux.
The number one concern; how does the city solve its lack of affordable housing problem? Plenty of other topics were brought to the council as well.
“I would suggest that you make the number one item on your priority list the environment,” said Lucia Dailey. “That's what determines everything.”
Many residents were also concerned with making sure more buildings survive the next storm.
“Stick with the codes, insist all reconstruction, including city infrastructure and commercial buildings apply those elevation and windstorm codes,” said Lanoux.
Getting public input was important to local leaders because as Mayor Bujan said “it's 100% of the ball game. Without their input it's useless, it's an exercise in futility.”
Mayor Bujan added recovery and rebuilding is a long-term process. He and the council will take Thursday's suggestions and start putting together a plan for Port Aransas.
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