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Can a canal on North Beach pay for itself?

North Beach development
Posted at 1:04 PM, Oct 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-30 21:50:18-04

The City of Corpus Christi now has a number of options to consider when it comes to fixing the drainage issue on North Beach, but only one has the potential to transform that area.

Urban Engineering recommended the city use an open ditch, or a canal, along with raising elevation, to fix the drainage here.

According to estimates, a canal would cost about $5 million more than a ditch.

But supporters believe the city could make nearly that much a year in tax revenue.

Not to mention, the tens of millions of tourism dollars a canal is predicted to bring in.

I'll break down the numbers this evening on KRIS 6 News.

According to city manager Peter Zanoni, the next steps include getting public opinion.

City leaders want to know which option the public prefers.

There's no word on when a final recommendation is due.

The Canal Economic Impact Report can be found here.