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Destination Bayfront Project Sees Opposition from Local Group

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

For the first time, a group of local citizens have organized to oppose the Destination Bayfront project, which will go before voters this November.

If voters approve the project, anyone who owns property valued at $100,000 will end up paying $23 more in taxes each year.

Kiii News Reporter Brian Burns went Live from Shoreline Drive with more details on the local opposition.

The Corpus Christi Taxpayers Association says the project is a waste of taxpayer dollars, when the City is facing other problems that will take more taxpayer dollars to fix. The group has printed t-shirts and yard signs, which they have begun passing out to residents.

Two of the group's board members listed some of their problems with the proposed development.

"Already, our utility bill is going up $12 a month because of the raise in prices, plus the street maintenance fee that's going to be on there," said Jack Gordy of the Taxpayers Association. "So the City Council evidently didn't put much thought into what they were doing."

"I don't think we're going to get the traffic in here as tourists to do too much down there anyway," said Gerald Sansing of the Taxpayers Association. "We just don't have the population like Kemah and some of these other places around."

Those in favor of the project say it will prompt development in the downtown area and raise the City's tax base.

The Taxpayers Association hopes to fill the City Council chambers with t-shirt wearing protesters at Tuesday's regular council meeting.

Voters will decide the project's fate on Nov. 5.