A group calling itself Neighborhoods First called together a news conference Thursday, urging City Council members to put streets and infrastructure before Destination Bayfront.
The group is not happy with Council, who voted to put the park project before voters on November's bond ballot. That decision had residents like them upset, and they decided to form Neighborhoods First.
The group had its press conference along Harry Street, which is off of Everhart. They wanted to let everyone know they plan on being a force to be reckoned with when it comes to city issues like streets. They said Council should have been working to solve the problem of how to pay to repair city streets instead of dealing with a project like Destination Bayfront.
"We feel that all of City Council should focus on infrastructure first before focusing on Destination Bayfront, specifically on the 55-percent of the streets, that 400 street miles, that are going to be ignored over the next 20 years," said Craig Pierce of Neighborhoods First.
"Successful cities don't wait. They get in front of this. They seize these opportunities that can move their city forward, that can add to their families' lives, that can distinguish them on the tourism side," said Mayor Nelda Martinez, who backs Destination Bayfront. "If you wait too long, that bus will leave the station, and you'll be left with empty luggage."
The mayor is totally committed to the Destination Bayfront project, and believes it is going to give the city an economic boost. That boost will come in the form of new taxes that are expected to roll in and help City planners to be able to find the dollars to make more street and sewer repairs.
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