There were more passionate comments both for and against the proposed park development known as Destination Bayfront at City Hall Tuesday.
Council members gave their final approval to an ordinance that will put the nearly $45 million bond project on the Nov. 5 ballot.
Kiii News Reporter Brian Burns went Live near the site of that proposed project with details of Tuesday's council meeting.
Some 20 residents spoke their mind for and against the project, which will cost the owner of a $100,000 property about $23 more a year in taxes.
"I don't want to live in a city with no frills. Tourists don't want to go to a city with no frills," said Joe Hilliard, who supports Destination Bayfront. "The idea that people want no frills in the city that they live in makes absolutely no sense to me."
"If we have a bond issue of $50 million, it'll take us 40 years, every other year, to have enough money to fund that," said Tony Norrell, who is opposed to the proposed project. "40 years. Most of us won't even be here in 40 years."
Council members Leal, Magill and Garza all expressed doubts about the timing of the vote on the project. Councilman David Loeb agreed that this wasn't the best time to decide.
"I agree that this is not the right time to do this," Loeb said. "We should have done this 13 years ago, when the American Bank Center got opened. We should have done it in 2008 when we did the realignment of the street. We should have done it 30 years ago when we moved City Hall up here. There are dozens of times in the past when we could have done this."
The Council passed an amendment which prohibits the City from purchasing the bonds without private pledges for $15 million to maintain the park.
So it is final. The voters will now decide the fate of the project at the polls on Nov. 5.
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