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CVB cancels request for city funds to put on holiday festival

Posted: 7:09 PM, Jun 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-18 20:09:19-04

Turns out the Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau doesn’t need that half million dollars from the city to put on Holidays on the Bay after all.

The Type B Board agreed to give the CVB that money in May.  These were matching funds from the city, to go with $500,000 in private money the CVB had already raised.

The money would have been used to help fund the month-long event, including its centerpiece, a $250,000 light-up Christmas tree.

But at Monday’s meeting, CVB Chief Executive Officer Paulette Kluge told the Type B Board thanks, but no thanks.

“Since this will be the first year of a month-long festival, we have decided to take a phased approach, and utilize private funding in the inaugural year, said Kluge.”

KRIS 6 News tried to get additional comments from Kluge after the meeting, she simply refused and walked away.