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Dispute Between Padre Island Residents, City of Corpus Christi

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Some Padre Island residents have a bone to pick with the City over a 2008 agreement that would trade a public parking lot for a policy banning vehicles from a section of the beach.

Those residents say that part of the deal was that, in return for building the parking lot, a stretch of beach in front of the Island seawall would be off limits to drivers. Now those residents say the City needs to follow through with its part of the deal or give back the land.

Kiii News Reporter Brian Burns went Live from Padre Island with more on that dispute.

The parking lot was donated to the City by a local group of property owners. Those residents own condos along the seawall near the Packery Channel, and according to Bob Currie, one of those residents, in exchange for the land to build a free parking lot, the City agreed to do three things -- clean sand from the sea wall, remove dunes that have formed in front of the condos and restrict vehicle traffic on the beach.

"I'd like them to restrict driving just in front of the seawall from here at El Constante down to the Island house," Currie said. "Either stop driving on the beach or give us our property back. The property's worth $3 million now."

While the General Land Office signed off on the agreement back in 2009, the City has not taken action other than to pave the parking lot.

Owner and publisher of the Island Moon Newspaper Dale Rankin said it is now the City's move.

"I think that because a promise was made, it needs to be resolved one way or the other," Rankin said. "Either remove the promise that you're going to do it or act on it, but don't just leave it hanging, because that's not fair to anyone."

Rankin said the Island seawall itself is something that would take decades of permitting to build anywhere else, and this effort would help preserve it.

Councilwoman Colleen McIntyre, who represents the area in question, said that she wants to know why the language of the 2008 bond package exchanging the parking lot for a vehicle ban has not been honored. She said she has asked City staff to explain the lack of action.

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