On this first day of early voting for the Nov. 5 elections, the authors of Destination Bayfront announced a list of groups endorsing the project.

Surrounded by supporters, organizers of Destination Bayfront announced a list of official endorsements for the almost $45 million project to be voted on by residents in just over two weeks.

The project promises to turn 34 acres around the site of the old Coliseum into a destination park. The list of endorsements included groups like the Nueces County Medical Society, South Texas Associated General Contractors, Young Business Professionals of the Coastal Bend and the American Institute of Architects.

"A venue that we can use to sell all the different events that we hold, our festivals, the things that are going to generate economic impact," said Collette Rye of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. "And that economic impact in turn will become sales revenue that our city can use each and every day."

The project will cost the owner of a $100,000 property an extra $23 per year in taxes. Included are improvements to Sherrill Park, new shops and restaurants and shade structures.

Neighborhoods First is the group leading the opposition to the project.

"That list of supporters is pretty much all the same people, number one, and if I were most of those people, I would be supportive of it, too," said John Kelley of Neighborhoods First. "I think the group that we've seen so far that have given money and been supportive have direct interest in what the outcome of this election is."

Bonds for the project will only be sold once $15 million in private funding for maintenance is pledged.

If approved by voters, phase one of the park could be complete within two years.