Mayor Outlines Topics at First State of the City Address

Job growth, fixing streets and keeping our local military from facing cuts were just some of the topics that Mayor Nelda Martinez outlined during her first State of the City Address.

The mayor addressed a crowd at the American Bank Center Thursday morning, saying that "now is our time," highlighting our growing economy and future projects to attract tourism.

One of those projects is Destination Bayfront. On Thursday, presented for the first time was a computer animated video of what the Bayfront could one day look like. Voters could head to the polls as soon as November to vote on the estimated $40 million bond project.

"It's an exciting time for our city," Martinez said. "That has a huge return to expand our tax base just to get a first class park experience for our families and tourist from all over the world to enjoy."

The mayor also vowed to clean up the plastic bag problem around the city. She is not asking for an all out ban, but rather for stores to charge customers a user fee for those plastic bags.


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