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City Council Member Decides Not to Back Destination Bayfront

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

At least one City Councilman said that he is not backing the Destination Bayfront plan at this time. Council heard details of a proposed resolution calling for the City to spend another $1.9 million on the project.

Kiii News Reporter Michael Gibson went Live from the old Coliseum grounds, where the project is set to be built. Councilman Chad Magill said that he loves the idea of turning the area into a huge park with shops and entertainment, but it isn't the right time.

Developers of the $69 million proposal feel that it will help attract tourists to the area. It will also be another attraction to draw people to the downtown area and give locals a first-class park experience; but some members of council are worried that the City has already spent $1.6 million on the project so far, and are being asked to fork over another $1.9 million for construction plans.

"I made a commitment to the people to fix the streets, and I heard a good analogy in the last few days, where someone said, 'I love good landscaping, but if I got a leak in the roof, I've got to fix that first,'" Magill said. "We have some fundamental infrastructure needs in Corpus Christi, and I would love for Destination Bayfront to move forward, but I don't feel like it's the right time yet."

The resolution is supposed to go back before council on March 19. If council does not support the resolution, then developers would have to figure out their next move.